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Faculty Guidelines

Academic Program Assessment

The college systematically measures academic performance and programs against student learning outcomes and uses the information as a basis for sound decision making.

Types of Learning Outcomes

  • Institutional - Result of overall student experience
  • Program - Result of finishing a program
  • Course - Result of completing a course

Process

Academic departments establish outcomes for each program and course to assess the extent to which students are learning and attaining competencies. Within each academic department, faculty review program outcomes and course outcomes to ensure that students are attaining the skills and knowledge expected of program graduates. The outcomes are clear and speak to both content and level of attainment. Each semester, faculty members gather data on student attainment of learning outcomes for the individual courses they teach. Annually, faculty members assess and evaluate the data across all course sections, locations and delivery modes, and use the results to change or improve the courses. Faculty members also meet to evaluate student attainment of program learning outcomes and end of program benchmarks. Aggregated evaluation findings inform program decision makers and are used to maintain or improve student learning and/or teaching methodologies.

As a faculty member, you will be asked to participate in course and program student outcome assessment. Course learning outcomes are mapped to program outcomes that map to the institutional learning outcomes. Data are collected from the course outcomes and measured against benchmarks that result in discussion with the faculty on improving the course or program. Changes to a program or courses could be manifested in many ways, and may include but not be limited to:

  • Revising student learning outcomes, measures, or desired levels of achievement
  • Revising curriculum content
  • Changing or improving instructional strategies or delivery modes

Once the changes have been implemented, it is important to document whether the changes to a program or course as a result of the action plan have had the desired impact. This is what we refer to as ‘closing the loop.’

Standards & Guidelines

(a) Institutional - Institutional Learning Outcomes

  • The Institutional Outcomes represent a set of skills and level of knowledge that students can demonstrate after completing their education requirements: 1) Critical/Creative Thinking, 2) Communication, 3) Cultural Literacy and 4) Information/Technical Literacy.
  • Review ILOs at least twice in 3 years (can stagger reviews).
  • Include results of program assessment that directly link with the ILOs.
  • Results should be reported for ILOs by campus and by delivery mode (FTF, Hybrid, and Online).
  • Results should be reviewed and discussed by all faculty who teach in the program to determine use of results (changes to be made). Chair or Assistant Chair could compile results and lead review and analysis.
  • Include use of results for all ILOs regardless of level of achievement.
  • Results for each ILO (including use of results) should be submitted to Institutional Effectiveness between May 31 and August 31 each year. Use template (http://www.daytonastate.edu/ie/assessmodel.html)

(b) Programs – Program Learning Outcomes

  • Review all PLOs at least twice in 3 years (can stagger reviews)
  • Include results of core courses. Do not need to include any electives. Include fall and spring semesters; summer is optional.
  • Results should be reported for each PLO by campus and by delivery mode (FTF, Hybrid, and Online).
  • Results should be reviewed and discussed by all faculty who teach in the program to determine use of results (changes to be made). Chair or Assistant Chair could compile results and lead review and analysis.
  • Include use of results for all PLOs regardless of level of achievement.
  • Results for each program (including use of results) should be submitted to Institutional Effectiveness between May 31 and August 31 each year. Use template (http://www.daytonastate.edu/ie/assessmodel.html)

(c) Courses – Student Learning Outcomes

  • Review all Student Learning Outcomes at least twice in 3 years (can stagger reviews).
  • When reporting results, all students registered in the class must be taken into consideration. All students including F, FN, I and W must be included in the total or otherwise taken into account.
  • Do not use class average or assignment average to report results. Results must reflect whether the students achieved the targeted level of achievement.
  • Each SLO should have at least one assessment measure. Results should be reported for each assessment measure.
  • Results should be reported for each SLO by campus and by delivery mode (FTF, Hybrid, and Online).
  • Lead instructor should compile results each semester and at least annually review with all faculty who teach the course to determine use of results (changes to be made).
  • Use of results should be identified for all SLOs whether the target was achieved or not.
  • Results for each course (including use of results) should be submitted to Institutional Effectiveness between May 31 and August 31 each year. Use template (http://www.daytonastate.edu/ie/assessmodel.html)