Academic Program Assessment

Basic Principles of Academic Program Assessment

  • The goal of assessment is to further a culture of student learning at SVSU; assessment measures are employed to help achieve that goal.
  • The emphasis of assessment is on program evaluation to improve student learning.
  • Departments/Programs define their own program goals and determine how they are to be addressed; the Academic Program Assessment Advisory Board facilitates the process.
  • For assessment to be effective, results of assessment activities must be used to further develop programs.
  • Assessment results are used in decisions regarding resource allocations.

5 Year Program Review Cycle (37kB)
(for academic programs that do not have external review as part of accreditation)

Assessment Materials

SVSU 2004 Self Study

HLC Monitoring Report 2006 (2,896kB)

AY2012-2013 Assessment/Planning Report Form for Academic Departments

Workshop Materials - All department chairs, assessment representatives, and deans have access to extensive materials in VSpace.  If you need access to that material, please contact the chair of the  Academic Assessment Advisory Board.


Archived in the VSpace site are:
- Departmental Assessment reports from 2004 to the present
- All workshop materials including powerpoint presentations and handouts
- Enrollment data (majors, minors, student credit hours, graduates) by  department for the last several years

The Assessment Process and Administrative Structure (16kB)

The assessment process begins when programs or departments identify student learning goals and outcomes.   Most departmental goals are informed by both faculty expertise and professional or accrediting agencies.  Once learning goals are established, the departments and programs devise ways of measuring or assessing how well students are meeting those learning goals.  These assessment methods most often directly measure student learning and are frequently embedded in courses, including capstone courses.  Appropriate assessments may also include indirect measures like employer surveys, alumni surveys, and rates of matriculation to advanced degree programs.  Departments analyze these data, identify strengths and challenges of the programs, and make appropriate changes to improve their success at achieving their own student learning goals.

Departments also evaluate their success in other critical areas such as meeting the needs of the general education program, offering service courses, and other functions that serve the university’s broader mission.

Departments will submit assessment reports to the Academic Deans each year at the end of May.   Based on assessment of student learning and other departmental priorities, the departments may request resources in support of their efforts.  The Deans consider departmental requests in the context of college-level priorities, and make recommendations regarding allocations and program development to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The Vice President will prioritize new faculty lines and other resources based on these recommendations.


The Academic Program Advisory Board

The Academic Assessment Advisory Board is chaired by the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA) and supports the AVPAA in assessment duties.  The Advisory Board evaluates the effectiveness of the assessment process for the university and makes revisions as appropriate.  The Advisory Board also identifies needs and provides assessment training and professional development to faculty.  The Advisory Board helps to maintain an archive and website of assessment for the University.  The Advisory Board also maintains an special electronic resource for assessment representatives using Sakai and VSpace ® course management software.  This site includes institutional data, archived department reports, all forms, workshop materials, and other important information.  The Advisory Board communicates assessment news and activities at SVSU to the faculty.  The Advisory Board examines university-wide needs and develops forums (workshops, faculty development initiatives) to address those issues .

The current membership (AY 2013-2014) of the Academic Program Assessment Advisory Board is

  • Marc Peretz , Chair, Associate Provost
  • Joni Boye-Beaman , Dean, College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences
  • Dorothy Millar , Professor of Educational Technology & Development, College of Education
  • Kaustav Misra , Assistant Professor of Economics, College of Business & Management
  • Joshua Ode , Assistant Dean, College of Health & Human Services
  • Rosalyn Sweeting , Assistant Professor of Biology, College of Science, Engineering & Technology