Annual Academic Assessment Process

Purpose and Timeline for Annual Assessment

In order to ensure compliance with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education's accrediting standards, all academic programs should assess at least one learning outcome per year, with the entire set of program learning outcomes being assessed in a 3 to 5 year cycle. 

Each year, the program coordinator must submit a report detailing the assessment activities for the year, including results and identified improvements. Annual assessment reports are due annually by the last business day in September. For academic year 2020-21, reports will be due by Thursday, September 30th. 

Annual assessment reports must be submitted to UB's AAPAR Platform, which contains program learning outcomes, program assessment plans, curriculum maps and annual assessment reports. This database is viewable to all UB faculty and staff.

Completing the Annual Assessment Report

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes in a Pandemic

SUNY has issued guidance indicating that student learning assessment should continue in some form in spite of the pandemic.  However, we recognize that data collection plans for spring 2020 may have been put on hold as departments worked to get courses online in a short amount of time.  Even if you have been unable to collect assessment data in spring, there are other assessment activities that can be completed and reports in AAPAR:

  • Review learning outcomes for all programs; enter learning outcomes for all programs that currently do not have them listed in the system.
  • Further develop the assessment plan for all learning outcomes and enter assessment methods, success criteria, and the data collection timeline for each outcome in the system.
  • Complete the mapping of all learning outcomes to the relevant institutional learning outcomes in the new Institutional Learning Outcomes section of the interface.
  • Seek alternate sources of data that address learning outcomes.  Some other data sources you might consider include: course evaluations, student surveys, engagement statistics within UB Learns courses, and/or data collected from assignments and assessments in UB Learns. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance with any of these alternate methods.

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