Reporting Program Development Updates and Results to Close the Loop

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Program Development Updates and Closing the Loop

The Annual Program Assessment Report submitted in the fall includes program development recommendations for the program student learning outcome (SLO) assessed. The recommendations are based on the program faculty/staff interpretations of the assessment results.

The intent of implementing recommendations is to improve student learning, which is indicated quantitatively and/or qualitatively by assessment results compiled the next time the same program SLO is assessed. Therefore, closing the loop occurs by nature of the ongoing, program assessment cycle. To document progress and the effects of any changes, programs do two things:

  1. During the year in which the assessment report is submitted, the PAL provides an update regarding the progress of the program's development initiatives stated on the report. This update is a brief survey form emailed to PALs in spring semester.
  2. In the next reporting cycle for the SLO(s), the program documents the new assessment results and the faculty/staff discuss the potential ways that the changes previously identified and implemented impacted the results. The information is provided on the report for each SLO in Section 2 within the response to item #4 (emphasis added in italics):
    • Interpretation of results, including the comparison(s) to the performance indicator(s) stated on the assessment plan as well as changes in student performance since the previous report for the learning outcome and the program's attributions for the change.