Every two years, departments submit a report assessing at least one learning outcome. These biennial reports guide the department’s ongoing administration, monitoring, and enhancement of its curricular program, closing the loop between report (data) and renovation (redirection).
These reports are reviewed by the Assessment Committee, which provides guidance and suggestions, and conveys both departmental report and Assessment Committee review to the assistant provost for teaching, learning, and assessment and the provost. A summary of departmental assessment reports is reviewed by the Board of Trustees, whose stewardship requires their confidence in the institution’s sustained and vibrant self-assessment. Departmental assessment reports are also used in institutional assessment.
The assessment of learning outcomes should ideally lead to changes that are meaningful to the department, thereby closing the assessment loop (assessment -> changes -> implementation -> reassessment).