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Program Assessment at ASU

Academic program assessment is an ongoing process or cycle. It begins with careful planning, moves to collection of student learning data, then moves to analysis, and then concludes with identifying what actions should be taken. The process is repeated each year to monitor the effectiveness of curricular changes and to identify additional areas of improvement.

Academic program assessment should not be thought of as a periodic activity with a finite beginning and end, but rather as a continuous and ongoing process. Each cycle provides information about the degree of success from the previous cycle and informs continuous improvement decisions and activities in subsequent cycles.

When done correctly, assessment should provide answers to these questions:

  • What do students need to know to successfully graduate?

  • What do graduates need to know to be successful professionals?

  • What programmatic changes can be made to continuously improve instructional quality, increase student success and build required knowledge and skillsets for program completion?

There are three major components to the program assessment process at ASU. Click on each for more information.

Note: The assessment plan elements will help complete the Assessment Process sections of new program proposals being submitted to the Office of the University Provost and subsequently the Arizona Board of Regents for approval.  

Program Statuses

Programs will vary on which components they are expected to complete within any given year. Programs can determine their Academic Program Review status by visiting provost office's APR Schedule. A program's program status will determine whether or not they are to submit an assessment plan, an assessment report, or both. Reporting expectations by program status as well as a brief description of each program status can be found below:

  • ReportPrograms in this status are expected to submit both an assessment report AND an assessment plan

  • Plan: Programs in this status are expected to ONLY submit an assessment plan.

  • Low Enrollment: Programs in this status have 20 or less unique students enrolled in the previous academic year. These programs are expected to submit an abbreviated assessment report AND a full assessment plan.

  • Insufficient Plan: A temporary designation for programs missing required plan elements.

  • No EnrollmentPrograms in this status have zero enrolled students. They are expected to have an assessment plan on file but are not expected to submit an annual repot.

Programs seeking to be disestablished or that have already received a disestablishment term, are still expected to adhere to the same plan and reporting requirements as established programs until all remaining students have completed the program (i.e., teaching out). For assessment plans, these programs should simply mark their assessment plans as "Continuing" to fulfill plan requirements. A majority of the programs going through the disestablishment process will be classified as "Low Enrollment" (20 or fewer unique students in the previous academic year) as students graduate out and new students are not added, reducing the reporting expectations of disestablished programs. Programs whom are officially disestablished (as marked by a disestablishment approval notice from the provost's office) and come up for APR, should indicate that their program has received their disestablishment approval notice to satisfy the UOEEE assessment plan review requirements.

For more information, please see the Portal Landing Page section of the UOEEE Assessment Handbook.

Assessment Handbook

To assist units in the assessment planning process, we created a handbook: Program Assessment Handbook.  Please refer to this handbook as you create your assessment plans and reports. To access this handbook, please authenticate using your ASURITEID.

Assessment Portal

The following link will open the UOEEE Assessment Portal where all assessment plan development and reporting activities take place.