L&S Annual Call for Major/Program Student Learning/Assessment Reports

Every year, departments and programs are required to submit reports discussing their efforts to evaluate students' attainment of program-wide learning outcomes, to analyze results of those efforts, or to enact changes (if necessary) based on what they learned through those efforts.

Annual Student Learning Assessment Reports – Due Nov. 1, 2017

In October 2016, the Office of the Provost issued a request to all Department Chairs, Academic Program Directors, and Directors of Graduate Programs and Graduate Program Coordinators seeking submission of Annual Student Learning Assessment Reports by November 1, 2017.  In that message, Associate Vice Provost Mo Bischof noted that:
  • By mid October 2016, more than 65% of our undergraduate and graduate programs had submitted assessment plans; those programs that had not submitted plans could expect some follow up.
  • The next step outlined in the Institutional Assessment Plan is to collect annual assessment reports, the first of which is due Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. The mid-fall deadline is intended to allow faculty to take some time to reflect on the data collected, discuss assessment results with colleagues, and make program decisions based on that data. (We hope program committees will be discussing assessment results and recommendations in Fall 2017.)
  •  Reports should be brief and include the following:
    • 1) which learning goals were assessed,
    • 2) what data was collected,
    • 3) how the information was collected and analyzed, and
    • 4) what the key findings and any recommendations for action were.
In Spring 2017, the Office of the Provost sponsored sessions to discuss annual assessment reports. Materials from those presentations can be found online, as part of the Provost's Office Inside Assessment website.  In addition, if you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact Regina Lowery (890-2973, regina.lowery<AT>wisc.edu), Assessment Coordinator.  Information about the assessment report criteria and materials to support submission of those reports can be found here.
 

L&S Assessment Request, 2015-2016: Please Submit Assessment Plans to Provost's Office by July 1, 2016

In October 2015, the Office of the Provost circulated a request to Department Chairs, Academic Program Directors and Directors of Graduate Programs requesting that academic programs submit assessment plans by July 1, 2016. (See http://provost.wisc.edu/assessment/documents/Provost_Assessment_Planning_Memo_100615.pdf ).  To help ensure full compliance with the Provost's request, L&S will not be requesting submission of any additional assessment report to the college: completion of the Provost's request will satisfy L&S reporting requirements.

Please bear the following in mind:

  • The Provost's Office is sponsoring workshops to support development/revision of assessment plans. We encourage members of Assessment/Curriculum/Program Committees to attend. Please see the "Announcements and Workshops" site for registration information.
  • Programs engaged in program reviews are still required to complete their reviews as scheduled. Of course, because discussion of student learning is essential to a successful review, and the review process requires submission of assessment plans and reports on assessment activity, we anticipate (expect) that these programs under review will likely have done much of this work. As ever, please feel free to recycle (rather than re-do) the results of that work for this purpose. 
  • Responses to the Learning Goals Reporting Tool are available on the Provost's "Inside Assessment" page. Please consult this site so you may ensure that learning goals reported there align with the learning goals you will report in the program assessment plan. If there are discrepencies, please provide an explanation.
  • Information about "assessment" and links to relevant L&S Administrative Gateway pages can be found below; or, search this site using the term "assessment".
  • If you don't see what you need, please submit questions or comments using the "comment" box at the bottom of this (or any L&S Admin Gateway) page; additions and corrections will be made to L&S Admin Gateway documents as needed.

Elaine M. Klein, Assistant Dean, Academic Planning



L&S Assessment Request, 2014-2015: Please Complete the Learning Goals Reporting Tool by July 1, 2015

In 2014-2015, the L&S Dean's Office is asking all Departments and Programs responsible for L&S undergraduate majors, certificates, and graduate degrees to complete the Provost's Office "Learning Goals Reporting Tool", which can be found on the Campus Assessment website, at (http://provost.wisc.edu/assessment/).

The LGRT is focused on capturing information about learning outcomes associated with UW-Madison academic programs. You may wish to consider aligning your program goals with the essential learning outcomes of the university or the learning outcomes for liberal education as found in L&S (see L&S Assessment Plan ), or of the Graduate School (Graduate Program Student Learning Outcomes ).

This focus on learning outcomes does not mean that your program's efforts to measure student learning in these outcomes should be suspended; it only means we are not asking for reports on that work this year. Please expect to submit reports on assessment activity information in next year's campus-wide call for assessment information.

Please note:
  • Departments that have recently been (or that are currently) engaged in accreditation reviews or academic program reviews have probably already done most of the work to answer these questions; please feel free to recycle that work for this purpose. 
  • Information about "assessment" and links to relevant L&S Administrative Gateway pages can be found below; or, search this site using the term "assessment".
  • If you don't see what you need, please submit questions or comments using the "comment" box at the bottom of this (or any L&S Admin Gateway) page; additions and corrections will be made to L&S Admin Gateway documents as needed. 



Annual Call for Proposals to Award Assessment Funds

We will share the call for proposals to apply for University Assessment Funds as soon as it is issued.

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Keywords:assessment plan, assessment report, student learning   Doc ID:39479
Owner:Elaine K.Group:College of Letters & Science
Created:2014-04-23 20:11 CSTUpdated:2017-11-01 09:15 CST
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