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Assessment Process

The assessment process is the procedure or steps taken when conducting your assessment.

The validity of the data reported will be based largely upon the process by which the data was collected. Detailing the process allows for replication by other assessors and for consistency from year to year. Here are the major areas that should be described in your assessment process.

  1. Population: The population of students being assessed (e.g., students in a major vs a general population, all seniors in a program or freshman, students on an internship).

  2. Measures: Explain each measure in more detail describing the assignment, course and tool for measurement. This includes direct forms of assessment (e.g., research paper, capstone project measured with rubrics, exams, lab practical’s) and indirect forms of assessment (e.g., surveys, focus groups, etc.).

  3. Process: How the assessment will occur. How the data be organized and compiled. This should include steps in the process so it can be replicated.

  4. Assessment Team: This is similar to a research team. Explain who is included on the assessment team. More specifically, who will be involved in collecting, analyzing and interpreting the data (e.g., students, faculty, external stakeholders)?

  5. Timeline: The timeframe in which data will be collected and analyzed.

  6. Analysis: How the data will be compiled and analyzed.

  7. Application/Closing the Loop: How the data will be used for continuous quality improvement.

For guidance on how to write an assessment process, please visit the Assessment Process section of the handbook or check out the Assessment Process video on the Canvas site. Completed sample plans can also be found on the UOEEE's Canvas site under the Sample Plans/Report module.