When collecting assessment information, it is useful to gather direct and indirect measures of student learning that align to the program outcomes of interest.
Direct assessments are samples of student work that provide evidence of what students know or can do with their knowledge. The most efficient and cost-effective way to collect direct evidence of student learning is to use course assignments. These might include but are not limited to: course projects, products, papers/theses, exhibitions, performances, case studies, portfolios, analyses of class discussion threads, oral exams, and locally-developed tests.
Indirect assessments are sources of information that provide indication of student learning. These might include curriculum mapping results, course evaluations and focus groups that ask students to share their perceptions about what they learned as a result of the program. Other examples might include placement rates into graduate school, course grades, honors earned by students and alumni.
Our office administers a variety of student surveys:
We can disaggregate survey data at the college level and potentially the program level, depending on the size of the program. This may serve useful while gathering information about student learning and/or the learning process. We can also assist with designing and/or conducting surveys, exit interviews, focus groups, etc. to support program assessment of student learning. Feel free to contact us for support.
The program might also consider collecting other indicators, in conjunction with direct and indirect methods, to assist in understanding students’ achievement. These might include students’ course-taking patterns, levels of participation in internships, research, professional organizations, etc.