Directions and Template Page
Academic and Co-Curricular (formerly Non-Academic) units will be able to access the latest templates, rubrics and workshop information through this page. In addition to templates academic and co-curricular units will be able to RSVP for upcoming workshops and submit plans/reports through the new online forms. Note: Complete a Plan or a Report. Please do not complete both.
Academic Departments: These annual assessment plans or reports (updates in 2014) will include each academic degree program (undergraduate and graduate) as well as all certificate programs at or above 18 semester hours (undergraduate and graduate.)
Departmental and/or Co-Curricular Units' Archive: Faculty and staff need to maintain their own department’s or office’s student learning archive for 10 years (2005 or 2008) until 2018. The archive can be electronic and/or paper and must include: all summaries of data on student learning, representative examples of student work at various levels of performance, rubrics and/or criteria used to evaluate student learning. The archive can also include newsletters, minutes of meetings on assessment, representative examples of the tools used to measure student learning, assessment plans and reports (2008-2018) and any other relevant materials.
Co-Curricular Templates: Due Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Reporting Changes for 2015
Assessment will be changing the co-curricular assessment process for the 2015 reporting year, in light of the HLC Criteria and our upcoming re-accreditation in 2017-18. Up until now, each year programs were asked to decide an area they would like to focus on and create a student learning outcome (SLO) and methods to assess the learning in that area. This is considered a “one-off” approach, since it tended to be focused on a particular intervention or part of programming (not always, but for some units). It has been an excellent approach as departments build familiarity and comfort with outcomes and methods.
However, from an accreditation standpoint, assessment is intended to promote a holistic understanding and evaluation of all the ways a department promotes student learning, so that areas of success and challenge may be identified. Co-curricular assessment knowledge and skills have been getting stronger every year, and it is time to take a more programmatic approach to assessment processes. There will be several ways we will endeavor to achieve this the 2015 reporting cycle:
- Departmental student learning outcomes (see below)
- Departmental curriculum maps (see below)
- NO assessment reports in 2015 (reporting will resume in 2016, so data collection should continue)
Departmental Student Learning Outcomes
Departments will work to develop a set of SLOs that represent the overall learning goals for each department, similar to the way that academic programs have a set of (usually) 3-6 learning outcomes for students upon completion of a course of study. Some departments may already have programmatic SLOs in place, or may have worked on them through the SA TASK group (Student Affairs) or other means. This approach will allow departments to strongly link assessment efforts to their department and unit missions. Typically, departments would then cycle through the outcomes on a multi-year cycle, planned in advance.
Departmental Curriculum Maps
For academic departments, a curriculum map is a matrix that links SLOs to courses and outlines how students have opportunity to build knowledge and skills; for co-curricular departments, this will link SLOs to programs, services, and interventions the department uses to facilitate learning in the SLO areas. Again, the aim is to promote alignment between the activities offered and the core learning goals of the department.
You are strongly encouraged to attend the curriculum map workshops if you haven’t had experience completing one before, to minimize confusion—not that completing the map is very difficult, but it benefits from an in-person explanation.
Curriculum Map Worksheet for Submission (Landscape) ** -- can use either landscape or portrait
We will be offer several workshops at the end of May and beginning of June, as well as several working sessions where you can come for feedback and assistance in completing your SLOs and curriculum maps. The offerings will be:
Workshop and Description
Date and Location
Program Student Learning Outcome Workshop: Intended for departments who have not developed program level outcomes before; we will use the mission and goals of the department to develop program student learning outcomes. Please bring any mission or vision statements for your department and/or division with you to the workshop. Note: if you have departmental outcomes already, but would like to consult or revise, please attend one of the working sessions instead (see below).
Friday, May 29th, 10 - 11 AM, 359 Tod Hall Conference Room
Please visit jotform.com/ to register for workshops.
Note: If an additional date is needed, please contact us.
Curriculum Map (CM) Workshop: Using your departmental SLOs and programming from your department, we will explain how to create a matrix that outlines how the programs and services of your department develop and support your intended student learning outcomes. Please be able to list out all the major programming that involves students (could include student employees as well, if desired).
Please visit http://www.jotformpro.com/ysuassessment/2015ccapworkshops to register for workshops.
Note: If an additional date is needed, please contact us.
SLO/CM Working Sessions: These sessions provide the opportunity for you to consult on the progress of your departmental SLOs and/or curriculum maps using feedback, brainstorming, and consultation. There will be no presentation. Note that some sessions are held in the computer lab and some in the 3rd floor Tod Hall conference room; it was requested that I provide the option of working directly into their electronic documents in the computer lab.
Drop-in; no RSVP necessary
Academic Templates 2014: due Friday, October 31st, 2014
This year programs will complete a shorter update form, due to the addition of a writing-focused curriculum map. Materials for the update form are below, and materials for the curriculum map will be made available at the college-level training meetings. Please submit the update through the online link below
2014 Academic Assessment Update RUBRIC ** (used for evaluation)
Writing Curriculum Maps
This year, in addition to the shortened assessment report form ("Assessment Update"), undergraduate programs will submit a writing curriculum map. This map focuses on the development of the general education outcome in writing within the majors. The writing curriculum maps are due October 31st, 2014. The template, instructions, and examples are all included in the link below.
Training was offered to all colleges in late September and early October, with representatives from all departments encouraged to attend. In addition, "make-up" trainings will be offered on Tuesday, October 14th from 1 - 2 PM and Wednesday, October 15th from 4 - 5 PM for faculty who had scheduling conflicts. Please contact the Office of Assessment firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for one of these training sessions.
If you are interested in submitting an assessment plan in 2014, please contact our office.
Assessment Update Training: Training for the update form, along with the writing curriculum map, is being scheduled at the college level.
Open Question Forum: This year will will also offer a drop-in forum, where you can ask questions or get a short consult on your update or curriculum maps. Forums will be in 359 Tod Hall, and there is no need to register. Dates will be:
Monday, October 27th, 1 - 3 PM
Tuesday, October 28th 9 - 12 Noon
Consultation meetings are also available; please contact Hillary Fuhrman email@example.com to schedule an appointment
Archived Plans and Reports
Archived assessment plans and reports are available at the password-protected links below. Please contact the Office of Assessment for access to the archives.
Links to Additional Resources
- Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) (Link Didn't Work, Check Link On Source Page)
- YSU 2020 Strategic Plan
- General Education Learning Outcomes (Check Link On Source Page)
- Learning Reconsidered Document (Link Didn't Work, Check Link On Source Page)