In order to organize the assessment process, it is important for each department to create a schedule of assessment to ensure that all courses and programs are assessed on a regular basis. While SLO assessment for courses and programs should be regular, it is not necessary to assess every course and program each semester.
First, consider how many courses and programs your department has. The number of courses and programs will likely affect how often each course or program is assessed. Aim to assess every SLO for each course at least once every 3 years.
Departments may consider grouping like courses together to assess in the same semester using a similar assessment tool. Or, if there aren’t clusters of like courses, departments may just split the courses evenly, assessing a similar number of courses each semester.
Once each course and program has been assessed at least once, a regular cycle of assessments for courses and programs should be developed.
Each department should create a written assessment schedule so that the timelines are clear.
Assessment schedules are a key component of assessment plans.
Assessment Schedule Example
Some faculty assess their course and program SLOs every semester; others assess once a year or once every other year. Plan your assessments to best fit your program offerings and schedule.
Some assessments focus on only one or two SLOs, while others cover all or most SLOs. Again, choose the method that best fits your program or course plans.
Examples of different assessment schedules/frequencies
|Fall year 1
||Spring year 1
||Fall year 2
||Spring year 2
||Fall year 3
||Spring year 3
|Every 3 years
|Every other year
- A = Assess = conduct assessments at some point(s) during this semester
- R = Review = review and analyze assessment data and plan next steps including any potential course, program, assessment, or outcomes changes