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Excellent 3 Good 2 Needs Improvement 1 No Evidence 0 Outcomes exist without an assessment plan or assessment has been done without outcomes No evidence that a plan exists Evidence exists that implementation is occurring but no clear timeline exists No evidence exists that program plans to complete a full cycle of assessment Learning outcomes are not of appropriate quality are not comprehensive enough and an inappropriate number exist No learning outcomes exist One outcome has at least one assessment measure No outcomes have assessment measures Assessment 1 Created an assessment plan that includes learning outcomes assessment measures and targets 2 Timetable is rigorous and feasible 3 Quality Quantity of learning outcomes Plan is clear to follow and includes all necessary elements and is up to date Plan exists but is missing some components all components exist but there is need for improvement or plan is not upto date Evidence exists that the program has an appropriate timeline approximately 3 5 years to complete an assessment cycle Evidence exists that program uses a timeline for assessment cycles but timeline is either unrealistic given department staffing and time constraints or is not aggressive enough Learning Outcomes Learning outcomes are of appropriate quality to field and major are comprehensive and an appropriate number exist Some learning outcomes are not of appropriate quality for field and major and are not comprehensive enough or an inappropriate number exist Assessment Measures 4 Outcomes have at least one assessment measure All outcomes have at least one assessment measure Some outcomes have at least one assessment measure Office of Institutional Research and Assessment American University 5 Outcomes have at least one direct and one in direct assessment measure The program uses more than one measure to evaluate each learning outcome including at least one direct method The program uses one direct measure to evaluate each learning outcome or more than one indirect The measures are problematic or only indirectly measure each learning outcome Some outcomes may have no assessment measures There are no clear measures to assess the student learning outcomes Targets exist but Targets exist but some are not of none of appropriate appropriate rigor rigor or standards exist but measure only student targets not program targets No documented evidence that targets exist for achieving learning outcomes Targets 6 Targets exist for achieving learning outcomes Clear targets for meeting learning outcomes exist and standards are of appropriate rigor Or program plans to develop targets within the next year Implementation of Plan 7 Assessment of learning outcomes is specific Assessment activities directly relate to learning outcomes Assessment activities somewhat relate to learning outcomes Assessment activities are unrelated to learning outcomes There is no evidence that assessment has taken place 8 Program learning outcomes have been assessed All outcomes in program have been assessed at least once Some outcomes have been assessed at least once One outcome has been assessed at least once Progress is made each year in a manner that will enable department to complete a full cycle in 3 5 years Progress is occurring but slowly Some overall progress is made however there is no recent activity in the last academic year No evidence that outcomes have been assessed No progress has been documented 9 Assessment cycle is progressing Office of Institutional Research and Assessment American University 10 Identification of results Results provide evidence of program s strengths and weaknesses based on targets for success set in assessment plan Results make clear that no improvements are necessary or where necessary a clear and comprehensive plan exists for all areas in need Program has met 12 Program has met all learning learning outcomes outcomes 11 Use of Assessment Results Results show programs strengths and weaknesses however link to targets for success in assessment plan is unclear Results do not show programs strengths and weaknesses No evidence of results from assessment Plan may exist but is not clear and comprehensive or does not cover all areas of documented weakness Plan is not clear and comprehensive and does not cover all areas of weakness In areas of weakness no plan for program improvement exists Program has met some learning outcomes Program has met one learning outcomes Program has not met any of their learning outcomes Office of Institutional Research and Assessment American University


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