Cleveland State University

Office of Student Learning Assessment

Guidelines

2013 (Student Learning Outcomes) Assessment Reports
Due in the Office of Student Learning Assessment on Friday, May 10, 2013)

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Overview: This year’s (student learning outcomes) assessment reports will be due in the Office of Student Learning Assessment by Friday, May 10, 2013. As far as the submission of the reports is concerned, we have the same two-step process we have been using. First, all annual assessment reports will be sent electronically to Deans, Associate Deans, Directors, Chairpersons, or Program/Unit designees about a week before May 10, 2013 deadline. In the title line, please type the name of the program. Second, by May 10, 2013, a copy of these reports should be submitted to the Office of Student Learning Assessment by the Associate Deans, Directors, Chairpersons, or Program/Unit designees to the following e-mail address: j.bagakas@csuohio.edu.

Content: Detailed guidelines for the content of assessment reports are on the next pages. Please note that the purpose of assessment of student learning outcomes is to improve programs, teaching, and learning. Therefore, the most important sections of each report should be the findings of the (student learning-related) assessment data, how the data were reviewed, and any relevant follow-up actions taken during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Formats: Reports can be filed in a variety of formats:

To download any of these report templates, go to http://www.csuohio.edu/offices/assessment/guidelines.html. You could also e-mail Joshua Bagaka's if you need an electronic version of the documents. contact Joshua Bagaka's (j.bagakas@csuohio.edu)

Copy of Last Year’s Report: If you need a copy of last year’s report, please contact Joshua Bagaka's (j.bagakas@csuohio.edu).

Due Date: Deans, Associate Deans, Directors, Chairpersons, or Program/Unit designees should receive the 2013 assessment reports
about a week before May 10, 2013 so that they can submit them to the Office of Student Learning Assessment on May 10, 2013.

NOTE: For any questions regarding this matter, please contact Joshua Bakaka'sat 216-875-9712 or j.bagakas@csuohio.edu.

2013 GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT REPORTS


Assessment Report Sections  What Does It Mean?

1) Introduction/ Context & Program Highlights

a) Provide summary information about your program/unit that is important for peer reviewers to be able to contextualize your assessment report.

 

 

b) Outline any AY 2011-2012 improvements based on reviews of findings related to:
- program/unit curriculum AND/OR
- program/unit assessment

 

 

 

c) Share a preliminary forecast related to program/unit evolution over the next academic year.

 



a)
Writing an introduction or describing the context of your program/unit is very helpful to the reviewers of assessment reports, as Associate Deans, faculty, and staff do not review assessment reports in their own colleges, divisions, units, or programs. This means that presenting some background information about your program/unit will help reviewers situate your assessment efforts, both in terms of achievements and improvable areas.

 

 

b) As a result of engaging in continuous improvement efforts, one possible outcome has to do with improvements made to the curriculum of your program. In the case of student support service areas, that would be represented by improvements made to the structure and/or sequence of services aimed at student success. At the same time, both for academic programs and student support service units, improvements may have been made to the assessment processes in place. In either case, outline these changes as evidence of use of assessment data.

 

 

 

c) Based on the data presented as evidence of continuous improvement related to program/unit curriculum (or structure and/or sequence of services) AND/OR assessment processes, generate some statements representing expected developments in the program/unit over the course of the following academic year. All this information will frame the review of your assessment report.

 

2) Goals:

a) What are the goals of your program/unit in terms of student learning? 

 

 

b) Is there any change in terms of program goals compared to the previous year?
- NO
- YES:
If so, what triggered the change? How has it been implemented?

 a) This question focuses on the set of goals (sometimes called objectives) each program/unit has in terms of what students are expected to learn by attending classes in your program or by receiving support services provided by your unit.

 

b) These questions help reviewers determine changes to the set of student learning goals based on a collaborative effort to develop, implement, and evaluate them. For most programs, this section may be identical to last year’s report. For more information on goals,  see the following Web site: http://www.csuohio.edu/assessment/faqs.html

 

3) Outcomes:

a) What are the outcomes of your program/unit in terms of student learning?

 

 

 

 

 

b) Is there any change in terms of program outcomes compared to the previous year?
- NO
- YES
If so, what triggered the change? How has it been implemented?

 a) This question relates to the evidence students in your program/unit could produce to demonstrate their learning (primarily the case for academic programs) or needs being met through services provided (primarily the case of co-curricular areas). In other words, at the end of a cycle of instruction or service-providing, what proof do you have that students learned (or did) what they were expected to learn (or do)? For academic programs, the outcomes should be stated in terms of what students will know, be able to do, and/or demonstrate as dispositions deriving from the teaching and learning process. For student service units, the outcomes should be stated in terms of what students will know, be able to do, and/or demonstrate as dispositions deriving from the services provided and/or participation in sponsored activities.

 


b) These questions help reviewers determine the changes to the set of student learning outcomes based on a collaborative effort to develop, implement, and evaluate them. For most programs, this section will be identical to last year’s report. For more information on outcomes, see the following Web site: http://www.csuohio.edu/assessment/faqs.html

 

4) Data collection: 

a) What direct and indirect methods did you use to measure student learning outcomes in your program/unit?

 

 

 

b) Is there any change in terms of program outcomes compared to the previous year?
- NO
- YES
If so, what triggered the change? How has it been implemented?

 a)  Your program/unit determines how to collect evidence of student learning. To this end, your program/unit could utilize a range of direct methods of assessing student learning (such as standardized or instructor-created tests, projects, portfolios, performances, etc.). Additionally, your program/unit could use several indirect methods of assessing student learning, among which we mention surveys, questionnaires, individual student or focus group interviews, etc.

 

 

b) These questions emphasize any changes your program/unit made to the range of direct and/or indirect methods used to assess student learning. If there are no changes in the data collection methods and procedures, this section will be the same as the last report. For more information on direct and indirect methods of assessing student learning,  see the following Web site: http://www.csuohio.edu/assessment/exmeasures.html

 

5) Data analysis & findings:

a) How did your program/unit analyze the student learning assessment data collected? What are your findings/results? How do they compare to the findings/results from the previous academic year?

 

b) If the case, have the reviewers’ recommendations from the previous year report been addressed?

 

a) Every program/unit is expected to have new data so this section should be updated each academic year. Comparing the most recent results to previous years is important in determining if improvements are being made or could be made.

 

 

b) If the case, specify how your program/unit has addressed the recommendations made by the review team based on your previous report.

 

6) Review of findings:  

a) Who was involved in your program/unit review of the findings from your analysis of student learning assessment data? When did the review process take place?

b) If the case, have the reviewers’ recommendations from the previous year report been addressed?

 

a) Every program is expected to review collaboratively student learning assessment data at least once a year, so this section should be updated each year.

 

b) If the case, specify how your program/unit has addressed the recommendations made by the review team based on your previous report.

 

7) Follow-up actions:

a) Based on your review of findings, what changes have been made to the curriculum, OR services, OR goals, OR student learning outcomes (choose all that apply) in your program/unit? Also, have any of these changes led to modifications in the process of collecting and/or reviewing student learning assessment data?

 

b) If the case, have the reviewers’ recommendations from the previous year report been addressed?

 a)This is one of the most important sections of the report and should be updated each year. Assessment of student learning is a form of data-driven decision making that impacts our curricula, instructional practices, and quality of support services provided. With this in mind, elaborate on the actions taken during AY 2011-2012 as a follow-up to the analysis of the student-learning assessment data.  If no actions were taken, what was the rationale behind that decision?

 

 

 

b) If the case, specify how your program/unit addressed the recommendations made previously by the review team.

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Office of Student Learning Assessment
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, AC225
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Campus Location
Parker Hannifin Admin. Center 225
2300 Euclid Avenue

Phone 216.687.4700

Contact
Dr. Joshua G Bagaka's, Director
216.875.9712
OfficeOfAssessment@csuohio.edu


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