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Campus Assessment Processes

Assessment of Student Learning at UMD requires curricular and co-curricular programs to:

  • Determine program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and map each program SLO to the UMD Undergraduate SLOs or Graduate Goal Categories as appropriate. An SLO is a measurable statement of how student learning goals are achieved, whereas a goal is what we want students to achieve.
  • Post program SLOs on the program website.
  • Maintain an Assessment Plan specifying details such as how and when program SLO assessment is conducted throughout the campus's 3-year assessment cycle.
  • Include course SLOs and related requirements on syllabi as stated on the current UMD Syllabus Policy.
  • Involve program faculty/staff at all points in the assessment process.
  • Identify a Program Assessment Liaison (PAL) to serve as the contact for the program.
  • Seek external judgment, advice, and/or benchmarks in assessments.
  • Conduct assessment for program SLOs consistent with the Assessment Plan. 
  • Inform program evaluation using assessment results.
  • Complete and submit an Annual Program Assessment Report (fall).
  • Participate in the annual program assessment peer review process (fall). PALs represent their respective programs at the review.
  • Make changes to improve student learning within the program as indicated by student assessment data and faculty analysis. Student performance as measured by assessment results over time can provide evidence to determine effects of programmatic changes on student learning. PALs document programmatic changes through closing-the-loop updates (spring) and on Annual Program Assessment Reports as appropriate. 
  • Use comprehensive program assessment data as part of Program Review or Program Evaluation processes.