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Program Level Assessment

Program Level Assessment focuses on what and how an academic program is contributing to the learning, growth, and development of students as a group. A quality assessment plan reflects specific program goals, measureable student learning outcomes, and a well-articulated plan for timely implementation, strategic data collection, and analysis. Findings should then be used to inform, confirm, and support program level change and facilitate continuous program level improvement.

Assessment helps programs:

  • Discover through empirical evidence "what students are learning"
  • Identify gaps in student learning areas
  • Inform teaching pedagogy by aligning best practices with learner’s needs
  • Make informed decisions; guide curriculum, course action, and revision
  • Demonstrate overall program effectiveness; showcase student learning ‐ "what works"

(Adapted from 9 Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning)