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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 or from year to year. Here are the major areas that should be described in your assessment process.
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).
Artifacts: Description of the artifact (e.g., research paper, capstone project). Where the artifacts will come from (e.g., course code and type of artifact).
Tool or Instrument: Details describing the type of instruments to be used. This includes direct forms of assessment (e.g., rubrics, tests, lab practical’s) and would ideally also include indirect forms of assessment (e.g., surveys, focus groups, etc.).
Process: How the assessment will occur. This should include steps in the process so they can be replicated.
Assessment Team: This is similar to a research team. Explain who is included on the assessment team? More specifically, who will be involved in analyzing the data (e.g., students, faculty, external stakeholders)?
Timeline: The timeframe in which data will be collected and analyzed.
Analysis: How the data will be compiled and analyzed.
Application/Closing the Loop: How the data will be used for continuous quality improvement.