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Process for PLO Assessment

Departments are charged with development of meaningful and measurable PLOs, which are statements of intended learning focused on what students will be able to do at the conclusion of the program. They differ from objectives in that objectives typically are delivery-centered and may focus on what the instructor will do or what students will experience.

Every three years, departments will provide Program Assessment Reports (PARs) for each of its programs (certificates and minors are excluded). See Assessment Reporting Schedule. The reports will include the following elements (see PAR template for specific details):

  1. Mission of the program
  2. Overview of assessment in the department/program
  3. Brief description of curricular, instructional, or programmatic improvements/changes based on the previous assessment report
  4. New or updated Curriculum Map (see Curriculum Mapping Overview video)
  5. Intended PLOs
  6. Measures used to assess outcomes
  7. Interpretation/summary of key findings
  8. Actions taken or planned based on findings
  9. Strengths and improvements
  10. CID and FF assessment reports (where applicable)

Reports are due between April 1st – May 1st.  Departments will be provided with templates to complete through Google Documents.

* NOTE: New programs provide program intended learning outcomes (PLOs) and describe the basic structure of their assessment plan as part of the proposal process for the Idaho State of Board of Education. New programs are slotted into the schedule that aligns with the cycle of other programs in their department or college.

Reports will be reviewed by a small team of faculty and staff using a PAR Rubric. The Office of Institutional Research will provide guidance and calibration support to the review teams. Feedback will be provided within two months and include comments and a comparative analysis of program and university-wide results generated from the PAR rubric review.

Departments are asked to discuss the feedback and next steps and provide a brief follow-up report of the discussion and summary of actions to be taken. Results of the rubric review also will be shared with the appropriate college dean, the Provost, and other administration/governance as appropriate.

Updated: 8/25/17