Annual Academic Program Assessment

Annual Planning and Assessment Reporting Process



The annual planning and assessment reporting process is undertaken by each academic department every year. It focuses on the assessment of results and learnings from the department’s annual activities as well as assessing one identified program learning outcome (PLOs), aligned to an institutional learning outcome (ILO), for each degree program housed in the department.

The Annual Planning and Assessment Report Template is divided into three sections that departments complete.

Section 1 - "What did you do this year?" includes the following:
  • The goals for all academic departments are as follows (included every year).
  • The relevant unit activities related to each goal that will be conducted in the academic year to achieve those goals (start of the academic year)
  • The results of those activities (end of the academic year)
  • The proposed actions in response to the results (end of the academic year)
Section 2 - "How did it go?" includes the following:
  • One program learning outcome (PLO), and its aligned institutional learning outcome (ILO), listed for each degree program within the department (start of the academic year)
  • The assessment plan for each PLO, including the instrument and a list of the respective courses related to the PLO as outlined in the curriculum map (start of the academic year)
  • The method of assessment used for each PLO in the respective courses (end of the academic year)
  • The results of the PLO assessment aggregated across courses (end of the academic year)
  • The plan for implementation of changes based on the results (end of the academic year).
Section 3 - "What do you need?" includes the following:
  • The proposed actions from the previous two sections are linked to what the department may need to enact any proposed actions
All of the information included in the document above is reviewed by several entities (including departmental faculty, the provost, and the college's Institutional Effectiveness Committee) and used for future operational planning and resource allocation.