Undergraduate Program Assessment
The focus of undergraduate program assessment is on measuring and improving student learning. Each department or program design an assessment process that provides information that can be used to:
- Determine whether students are learning what the program says they are;
- Identify strengths and weaknesses of the program;
- Make changes based on assessment results to improve the program.
The implementation of meaningful assessment by academic programs will also satisfy two critical external agency requirements.
The Florida Board of Governors (BOG) regulation 8.016 requires program faculty develop and publish an Academic Learning Compact (ALC) for each baccalaureate program. At a minimum, the ALC must contain:
- Expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of:
- content/discipline knowledge and skills,
- communication skills, and
- critical thinking skills;
- Appropriate methods for assessing student achievement of the expected core student learning outcomes within the context of the program;
- Appropriate discussion of how the results of the assessment will be used to improve the program.
Comprehensive Standard 22.214.171.124 of The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires that all educational programs identify expected student learning outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provide evidence of improvement based on the analysis of the results (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges 2012 Principles of Accreditation).
It should be stressed that good assessment requires the involvement of faculty at all stages of the process to improve student learning. Information on creating and implementing an assessment plan for an undergraduate program are available on the Assessment Resources page.