Fall 2017 AADA Reporting Deadline:
Monday, October 16, 2017.
What is Annual Academic Departmental Assessment?
Academic departmental assessment focuses on improving student learning within academic programs. Each year, the process should involve:
- Direct measurement of student proficiency in one or more program-level learning outcomes
- Broad engagement of program faculty in analysis and discussion of assessment findings
- Planning and implementing change in response findings and analysis
- Reassessment of learning following changes made in prior years’ assessments
Annual reports on academic program assessment of student learning provide evidence to the college, the institution, external accreditors, and our multiple and varied constituents that faculty and administrators are invested in providing optimal learning experiences for our students. Documentation about how assessment practices and reflection on student learning guide curricular, instructional and administrative decision-making demonstrates intentionality and accountability to all audiences. All NMSU departments are expected to be engaged in ongoing outcomes assessment for the purposes of improved student learning.
Who Should Report?
All academic departments are required to submit annual APA reports through WEAVE online reporting software. Departments with both graduate and undergraduate programs are required to submit independent reports to account for the assessment of learning at the graduate level and at the undergraduate level.
Fall 2017 reports include assessment of learning that took place during the 2016-17 academic year. Internal college deadlines (prior to October 16th) are determined by the Dean of each college. The following is a suggested annual schedule:
- AADA SharePoint Site (Access is for authenticated users only. The site includes a repository of assessment reports and feedback from the 2014-14 cycle to present.)
- AADA Timeline Multiyear
- Glossary of NMSU Assessment Terminology as used in WEAVE
- 2016-17 AADA Feedback Rubric (Includes a description of “closing the loop” ratings)
- Assessment FAQs
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