Academics

Assessment

The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to a process of assessment that seeks to understand the ways in which students learn and faculty enable teaching in an effective, enduring manner. Individual departments participate in a five-year program review cycle or are regularly accredited by external accreditation agencies. Each department's accreditation report or most recent program review is available via the department's assessment page.

Additionally, the university-wide assessment committee provides information about across-campus assessment activities and results.

Plenty of excellent assessment work is being done at the moment, and there are outstanding Web sites associated with that work. In the interest of simplicity, here are a few helpful links:

If this page doesn't have a link to a site you need, chances are, that site doesn't exist: NC State's Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment.

If you would like to design a rubric, or want to start thinking about rubrics, this is a helpful site: Rubistar.

The New England Educational Assessment Network offers workshops, institutes, conferences, and consulting services.

At San Diego State, Marilee Bresciani has designed A Different Approach to Accountability. This site is terrific for its clarity of language and sense of purpose.

Also in California, this time at USC, Danielle Mihram has published on line a slide show about Creating an Objective-based Syllabus. And at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, one of the  many useful aides they make available is Learning Outcomes Assessment Planning Guide: Defining Your Program and Expected Learning Outcomes.

If  you are looking for something in print compact enough to hand out to department chairs and faculty, yet also rich in detail, two books, Program-Based Review and Assessment  and  its companion Course-Based Review and Assessment are outstanding. These can be ordered from the UMass Office of Academic Planning and Assessment.

2009 College of Arts and Sciences Annual Report