Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

Annual Assessment Planning and Tracking

As an accredited institution in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Mason’s academic and administrative units are expected to participate in ongoing outcomes assessment and reporting. *This process supports continuous improvement and improved decision-making, as well as regional accreditation and state requirements for the assessment of student learning. The university has moved to an annual assessment schedule, and all degree programs and administrative units need to report assessment plans and findings on an annual basis. Regardless of a unit’s Academic Program Review or external accreditation schedule, annual assessment reporting is a university-wide activity required of all degree programs and administrative units.

Academic programs and certain certificate programs are required to identify student learning outcomes, and map those outcomes to their curriculum through a curriculum map. Programs will assess one outcome per year and report on that assessment in the Tk20 assessment management system.

All administrative support areas are required to identify goals and assess outcomes in support of the University’s Strategic Plan (http://strategicplan.gmu.edu/). These goals should focus on improvements and projects that will contribute to the university’s ability to achieve its strategic goals, and for moving toward improvement in the unit’s operations.

 

Relationship to Academic Program Review (APR)

APR and annual assessment are complementary processes. Programs should use the same learning outcomes, measures, and findings for each process.

 

Administrative Goals and Assessment

Guidance for Administrative Units: Writing Administrative Goals, Action Plans, and Measurement Plans (pdf)

 

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment for Academic Programs

Guidance for Academic Programs: Writing Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment Measures (pdf)

Looking for feedback on your student learning outcomes? Use our helpful rubric to evaluate your learning outcomes, assessment measures, and findings.

Student Learning Outcomes Rubric for Academic Programs and Good Practices Guide

 

* Principle 3.3.1, The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, 2012, Fifth Edition, Second Printing, http://www.sacscoc.org/principles.asp

 

For more information about annual assessment, contact assessment@gmu.edu.