1. What is a departmental assessment program?

A departmental assessment program evaluates the effectiveness of its undergraduate and graduate programs in terms of measurable student outcomes. The program consists of (a) lists of educational objectives for each of the department’s major programs expressed in terms of student learning outcomes; (b) measures of student achievement for each of the objectives; (c) methods of collecting data; (d) procedures for involving departmental faculty in reviewing and using the results of assessment, including revision of the assessment plan when necessary; and (e) annual collection, analysis, and reporting of the results of assessment.


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