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Assessment Plan

The existence of an explicit and useful assessment plan helps support the assessment process. (Peterson and Einarson, 1998) A written workable assessment plan is a statement of agreement about the measures and processes to be used in examining educational programs. (Palomba and Banta, 1999)

To view or download a sample assessment plan, please click here (Momentum, vol 3, issue 2, spring 2009 ).
This sample assessment plan demonstrates four levels of measurement for a graduate program ensuring students have the best opportunities to be successful.

Level 1 refers to indirect measures of student learning that reflect student reaction or satisfaction. IDEA course evaluation items, like "Overall, this is an excellent course," are examples of indirect measures.

Level 2 is direct measurement of student knowledge, concepts or skills learned. Departments using CBASE, or MFT are measuring at this level. Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) is also a Level 2 measure. Also, if you're using a rubric to rate demonstration of concepts or skills learned, you are measuring at this level.

Level 3 refers to application of what was learned. We often use alumni or employer surveys for level 3. Level 3 must focus on changes in behavior or actions as a result of learning.

Level 4 focuses on impact in the program or organization as a result of learning. Also known as business impact measures, your department may focus on student retention, graduation rates, or professional certifications awarded.

To begin designing your assessment plan, you may use the interactive Assessment Plan Form by clicking here. You will not able to save the form, blank or fully texted. You may, however, either enter the data here then print it or print a copy of the blank form by clicking "Print Form" on the upper right hand corner.

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