The template below provides one suggested organization for the assessment report for units that have begun their assessment process prior to this year. Units are encouraged to modify it appropriately to their specific situations and needs.
Units that have recently completed self-study reports for disciplinary accreditation or for disciplinary accreditation or for external review teams may use updated sections of those self-study reports for this assessment report.
Note: For annual updates, please use the template for program assessment annual update.
Part 1: Review of Current Status of Academic Unit
- Overall mission of the academic unit
- Summary of significant changes since the last program assessment
- Key challenges facing the academic unit
- Contributions to MU’s Strategic Plan
1.2 Assessment of Research and Creative Activity
- Assessment of quantity and quality of research and/or creative activity, using traditional measures as appropriate to the discipline
- These may include publications, quality of publication venues, impact factors, grants, exhibitions or performances and awards
- Your department’s overall research and creative activity, including how it compares peers, is important. We expect chairs and directors to utilize data from Academic Analytics, the Research and Teaching data sheets, and any other sources of data relevant to their discipline. If you do not have access to AcA and/or do not have your username and password, contact Mardy Eimers at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Mardy for assistance accessing the Research and Teaching data sheets
1.3 Assessment of Instruction
- Assessment of quality of instruction, including, for example, awards, course evaluations, student surveys or exit interviews
- Summary of contributions to campus-wide initiatives such as Campus Writing Program, Honors College, FIGs, Mizzou Advantage and General Education
- Summary of recent teaching-related innovations or initiatives
- Summary of trends regarding instruction, including student credit hours, number of majors and degrees awarded
- Interpretation of data provided by Institutional Research regarding teaching (if available): Departmental Profile and National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity (Delaware Data)
1.4 Assessment of Student Learning
Please include the following sections for each degree program:
- Brief description of the degree program, including, for example, distinctive features, available tracks or emphasis areas, what students typically do after graduation, recent or planned changes for the program and key student experiences (field work, internships, clinical experiences, etc.)
- Clearly stated student learning objectives for each degree program and, if appropriate, for each emphasis area
- In most cases, these student learning objectives can be presented in two lists: one indicating what graduates will know, the other what graduates will be able to do.
- Summary description of the strategies, both curricular and co-curricular, the program employs to achieve the learning objectives
- At least one example of how the program assesses the degree to which students in the program are achieving learning objectives, and how this information is subsequently used to inform changes to the curriculum, learning objectives, etc. Programs do not need to provide this for all of their students or all of their learning objectives. What is most important is that a program demonstrates that it gathers data on student learning objectives to inform program improvements. Examples of ways that programs might illustrate this include:
- Using results from a capstone project to modify curriculum requirements
- Conducting exit surveys of graduating students and considering changes to learning objectives based on the findings
- Gathering feedback on the qualifying exam process to try to align the exam more closely to program learning objectives
1.5 Assessment of Service
- Evidence of the nature and impact of service provided by faculty in the unit
- As appropriate, include information about service to the college, campus, community, state, nation and profession.
1.6 Assessment of Economic Development
- Assessment of unit’s role in economic development, including, for example, workforce and/or job development, support for new and existing businesses, patents and licenses and quality of life in Missouri
Part 2: Goals and Strategies
- Identification of specific issues, problems, or concerns that the program would like to address
- Goals for addressing these areas of potential improvement
- Strategies for accomplishing these goals in the next three to five years
- At least one of these goals should focus on improving student learning.
General support regarding program assessment
Support regarding the data packets provided by Institutional Research
- Mardy Eimers, Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Quality Improvement
Support for departmental improvement plans
- Julie Brandt, Associate Director for Quality Improvement