Program Outcome Assessment Resources
Program outcomes describe the major occupational or discipline-specific skills expected of all program graduates. They communicate the performance expectations to students. Assessment of program outcomes ensures that continuous improvement is taking place and will demonstrate accountability to constituents (students, employers, accrediting bodies, etc.).
The following questions and links should assist in the assessment of program outcomes:
- Have program outcomes been developed through the statewide Technical Skills Attainment (TSA) process? If not, do you know when your program is scheduled for TSA development?
- If your program is unique and not part of the TSA process, have program outcomes been developed and validated by your program advisory committee? If not, what steps do you need to take to complete this?
- Have you completed the WIDS Outcome Matrix identifying where students will be introduced to, practice, and be assessed on the skills and knowledge needed to master the program outcomes?
- Have you developed summative assessment tools to directly assess each program outcome and its indicators?
- Does each assessment tool assess to the level of Bloom's Taxonomy identified for the program outcome? The PowerPoint, Using Bloom's Taxonomy explains the expectations for the various Bloom's levels.
- Have you developed and implemented a plan to communicate to students how and when they will achieve and be assessed on the program outcomes?
- Do you have a plan as to what data you will analyze to determine the effectiveness of student learning, how the data will be gathered, how often the data will be analyzed, and a process for implementing changes suggested by the data?