Co-Curricular Assessment

Overview

Every unit within DASA is required to assess at least two outcomes each year and to complete and submit a report on that assessment annually.  DASA units that have a direct connection to undergraduate student learning assess unit-level learning outcomes.  DASA units that do not directly impact student learning, assess unit-level program/administrative outcomes.  Units that focus primarily on program/administrative outcomes may also include and assess learning outcomes if they so choose, but they are not required to.

The Assessment Report is comprised of three sections:

Section I: A comprehensive list of the unit-level mission, objectives, and outcomes, along with the year(s) each will be/have been assessed.

Section II: An overview of the two (or more) outcomes that were assessed during the previous academic year; this section includes methodology, selection criteria, analysis, a summary of results, how results were reported, and actions taken based on the results.

Section III: An overview of the assessment plan for the upcoming academic year; this section includes proposed methodology, selection criteria, analysis plan, timeline, and the remaining list of items to be decided/completed.

Once the Assessment Report has been reviewed by the necessary people in the unit; the Assessment Report is submitted to the cabinet-level supervisor and the Coordinator of Outcomes Assessment in the Office of Assessment.  Reports that require revision are sent back to the unit for edits, changes, or additions as needed.  Once assessment reports are deemed satisfactory, each cabinet-level supervisor will author a summary report to the Vice Chancellor and Dean of DASA that addresses the questions below:

1. What did you learn from the assessment reports about the present effectiveness of your unit’s programs or services in achieving their outcomes?
2. What steps should be taken to enhance the effectiveness of outcomes assessment to improve programs or services in your units?
3. What are some examples of productive new actions taken by staff to improve their programs or services?
4. What are some general issues that emerged in your reading of the reports that the Vice Chancellor and Dean should be aware of?
5. Describe how the data and resulting decisions have or could impact budgets.

A diagram illustrating the general process is available here.

The rubric used to evaluate the reports is available here.

Templates used by the individual units for assessment reporting are available below:

Assessment Report Template 16-17 (for 2016-17 assessment)