Most assessment plans follow the same general steps in an iterative cycle which repeats several times before reestablishing outcomes. Here is the cycle and steps that we follow at Arkansas Tech University.
Develop or review your program or department mission.
See Academy Module: Writing Effective Outcomes
Develop or review your program or departmental outcomes, measures, and targets for success.
See Academy Module: Developing Measures and Targets
Provide program/service and collect evidence.
Organize, analyze, and interpret the results of your measurements.
See Academy Module: Assessment Data
Make evidence-based decisions to improve.
Incorporate the changes informed by last year’s data into the upcoming year’s assessment plan.
See Academy Module: Closing the Assessment Loop
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