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Program Level Outcomes Assessment Plan

The goal of creating an academic program assessment plan is to facilitate continuous program level improvement. A program level outcomes assessment plan provides faculty with a clear understanding of how their program is assessed (e.g. who is going to do what, when, how) with the ultimate goal to foster student learning. Guidelines for program level assessment planning and step-by-step instructions are available in the Academic Program Assessment Planning Guide.

A quality assessment plan reflects specific program goals, measureable student learning outcomes, the direct and indirect assessment methods used to demonstrate the attainment of each outcome, a well‐articulated plan for timely implementation, the intervals at which evidence is collected and reviewed, the individual(s) responsible for the collection and review of evidence, and use of findings to inform, confirm, and support program level change and accomplishments. To review some of RIT's high quality Program Level Outcomes Assessment Plans, please click here.

A program assessment plan should be developed collaboratively among faculty who teach in the program. Huba and Freed (2000) established the following key questions to consider when establishing an assessment plan.

  • Does the program have clear, explicitly stated goals that can guide the assessment of the program?
  • What opportunities do we provide for students so that they can achieve our intended outcomes?
  • What forms do our assessments take?

All academic programs are required to develop and implement an outcomes assessment plan for continuous quality improvement.

Use this rubric to help determine at which stage your program level outcomes assessment plan is.

As you implement your Program Level Outcomes Assessment Plan, use the Program Assessment Plan Implementation Checklist to ensure assessment processes and practices are ongoing and effective.