History and Development of Administrative Assessment Plans
In 2000 a 2-year assessment plan and reporting cycle was developed to document our ongoing institutional effectiveness efforts. These plans and reports included program mission and goals based on the University's mission and goals along with the Strategic Plan; intended outcomes consistent with the program's mission and goals; methods for assessing each intended outcome, a summary of data collected related to each intended outcome and the use of the results of these evaluations to improve educational programs, services and operations.
Old Dominion University has licensed WEAVEonlineSM, which is a web-based assessment management system, to facilitate the process of developing and posting assessment plans and results. WEAVE is a web-based, information system to support the development of an effective fully-integrated planning, budgeting, and assessment process, one that will facilitate communication across the campus and beyond.
WEAVE is an assessment cycle in which you:
· Write expected outcomes/objectives.
· Establish criteria for success.
· Assess performance against criteria.
· View assessment results.
· Effect improvements through actions.
As a "learning organization" it is essential to develop a common and widely-distributed method of developing objectives, evaluating outcomes, and making improvements based on those outcomes. WEAVE provides the mechanisms to accomplish this and to monitor:
· Improvements in student learning, both inside and outside the classroom, that is, the outcomes established for our academic programs and educational / administrative support units,
· Old Dominion University's institutional effectiveness,
· Performance measurements as required by the new budget planning process,
· the success of the 2009-2014 Strategic Plan,
· compliance with the requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Commission on Colleges (SACS/COC), and
· departmental accomplishments through the production of annual reports.
Institutional Research and Assessment evaluates administrative assessment plans each year based on this rubric, in order to provide feedback and help units improve their assessment efforts with each cycle.
Developing and Implementing Administrative Assessment Plans
1. Become a learning organization - Organize for assessment
2. Define the mission and goals of the department
3. Define the department outcomes
4. Define the intended student learning outcomes of the department
5. Inventory existing and needed assessment methods and measures and select the most valid
6. Identify assessment targets
7. Collect and analyze the data
8. Provide feedback to department colleagues
9. Identify improvements, create an action plan, and implement changes
10. Start the process over again (continuous quality improvement).
*Adapted from work by Julia Pet Armacost (University of Central Florida) and presented by Bob Smallwood (University of North Florida) at the SACS Institute on Quality Enhancement and Accreditation, July 2005