Program Assessment Frameworks

Assessment within an academic program can be easily organized and implemented by selecting one of the following assessment frameworks as a starting point for the design of the program assessment plan.  

Assessment Methods: Options and Examples

Once the most appropriate assessment framework is selected, the next step is to determine what method will be used to collect assessment data.  Generally speaking, there should be at least one direct assessment method for each learning outcome.  A direct assessment method relies on a sample of student work to provide evidence of learning and achievement.  Direct methods can include homework assignments, lab reports, quizzes, tests, research papers, ePortfolios, etc.

In addition to the direct assessment methods, indirect assessment methods can also be used.  Indirect assessment methods involve measuring student perceptions of learning.  Indirect assessments include course evaluations, student surveys, and focus groups.