The Assessment Plan
assessment plans generally fall within two broad categories:
- Measures types of services/programs students want/need
- Who are we serving? What do they need/like?
- Measures who is using services, what services are being used, & when services are being used
- Scope - what is the reach of our program or service?
- Measures to what extent students are satisfied with programs/services
- Do students like what we have to offer?
- Measures to what extent stated outcomes (what students know or are able to do) are met
- What do we want to accomplish? Did we do it?
- Benchmarking, Best Practices, etc.
- Evidence that resources are well spent
Most assessment plans have the same components and follow the same steps:
Steps in Assessment Cycle
- Understanding your mission will help in the next step.
- Goals and objectives should always be in line with the mission statement.
- This should be reviewed every year or two.
- What do you want to achieve?
- What do you want students to achieve?
- These should be reviewed every year or two
- How will you achieve your goals and objectives?
- How will you know you achieved your goals and objectives?
- Get to work reaching your goals and objectives.
- Measure your outcomes.
- Did you meet your goals and objectives?
- Discuss your findings. What could have gone better? What should be changed for the next go-round?
- Make and implement evidence-based decisions to improve..