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Benchmarks for Assessment Practices

Benchmark Practices to Meet Assessment Expectations
  • Clear program learning outcome statements reflect the scope of the program and are easily accessed

  • Metrics used to assess program learning outcomes are clearly aligned with the level of student work specified in the outcome

  • Multiple means are utilized and analyzed to measure student progress for program learning outcomes that increase the potential validity and reliability and reduce the potential for bias

  • Previous assessment results are referenced and discussed in the context of program changes; longitudinal data are presented for multiple years; graphs are used to show trends in results over time

  • Recommendations are made to enhance student learning when results indicate no changes may be necessary (e.g., raise the bar on student performance)

  • Assessment data/information are shared with primary stakeholders outside of the department; examples: having students participate in department meetings or on committees that oversees program assessment work, soliciting feedback from external stakeholders who have connections to the program such as community members and advisory boards


The list will be updated annually based on data obtained during the fall peer review session.