Program assessment, widely considered a best practice in higher education, is important because it helps faculty determine if the purpose of their academic program—educating students—is being achieved. It involves the systematic collection and analysis of information regarding an academic program’s mission and goals as well as program-specific learning outcomes and opportunities, with a goal of establishing an action plan to improve the program and student learning.
Here are several resources to help you create a department or program assessment.
- Allen, M.J. (2004). Assessing Academic Programs in Higher Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- Bresciani, M. and Wolff, R. (2006). Outcomes-Based Academic and Co-Curricular Program Review: A Compilation of Institutional Good Practices. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
- Kuh, G. (2015). Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- University of Hawaii Manoa Assessment Office
- Indiana/Purdue/Fort Wayne University Office of Assessment and Program Review
- National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- Guide for Developing a Program Assessment Plan (Central Michigan University)
- Program-Based Review and Assessment (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
- Levels of Assessment (Association of American Colleges and Universities)
- Course-based Assessment Overview (North Carolina State University)
- Tools and Techniques for Program Improvement (Western Washington University)
- Program Assessment Handbook (University of Central Florida)