Programmatic Assessment

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Quality assessment is essential to improving student learning.  Through the use of both direct and indirect evidence of student achievement, assessments guide collective actions for improvements in teaching, academic supports, and curricula. 

The Office of Assessment believes in an approach that links learning from coursework to programmatic and university learning expectations. Within a culture of trust and shared responsibility, faculty and co-curriculuar staff develop and implement ongoing and systematic assessments—with participation from students, administrators, alumni and SIU constituents—to understand what and how much students learn. The purpose is to continuously improve curriculum, instruction, and learning.

Steps in the Learning/Assessment Cycle

1. Establish learning goals, objectives, and clean, measurable learning outcome expectations.

2. Ensure that the curriculum provides students with sufficient learning opportunities to achieve those outcome expectations (curriculum mapping and lesson planning).

3. Develop an assessment plan.

4. Communicate learning outcome expectations to students (transparency).

5. Gather, analyze, and interpret evidence of actual student learning to see whether it matches outcome expectations.

6. Use the results to improve the course, co-curricular activity, or curricular or co-curricular program.