Guidelines For University And Program Level Process
What is Outcomes Assessment?
Student Learning Outcomes Assessment answers the question, "Did we, in fact, accomplish what we intended to for our students, University and community?" It is the process of of specifying outcomes, establishing criteria and comparing actual results to those criteria. Changes that come about as a result of these analyses are documented and outcomes are measured again in a following cycle to verify improvement.
- Millersville's assessment of student learning process for each degree program includes :
- Six to eight (or reasonable, manageable number of) student learning outcomes
- Alignment of outcomes to University and department missions
- Maps to where learning experiences may occur
- At least two measures to assess student learning per outcome (one being direct evidence of student learning)
- Achievement targets for each measure (appropriate level criteria expected to demonstrate at the time students complete the program)
- Annual analysis of assessment results for specified learning outcomes
- Sharing of results with key stakeholders
- Actions taken to improve student learning where needed (closing the loop)
The assessment cycle at Millersville begins with planning and ends with acting on what was learned. Student learning outcomes, measures, and achievement targets are planned during a five year cycle aligned with the program review process. Annual reports are provided each fall for the prior academic year that indicate student achievement of learning outcomes and how results were used to make improvements. Assessment Plans are reviewed and updated during the program review process.
Why do we do Outcomes Assessment?
- Millersville University faculty and staff are committed to using outcomes assessment as a tool to fine-tune instructional delivery and service performance.
- Millersville University is charged by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, as well as multiple and other, program specific accrediting agencies, to demonstrate that the institution is and accomplishing what has been set out in the mission. The Middle States Commission requires colleges and universities to:
- Engage in program outcomes assessment
- Engage in general education assessment
- Demonstrate the 120 credits that make up a degree are coherent
- To use assessment information to improve teaching and learning
To achieve these objectives, Millersville University has adopted TracDat as an assessment data management system. For more information about accesssing TracDat, please contact Ms. Carol Kirsch at 717-871-7871.
Student Learning Outcomes Process Enhanced!
Our student learning outcomes assessment process now occurs in two phases.
- Phase 1: Five Year Assessment Plan
- Phase 2: Annual Report Process
For more information, including plan and report templates, click HERE.
Contact 717-871-7871 for access to the site if you are off campus.
General Education Outcomes Assessment
For more information about the assessment of the seven University outcomes (also known as general education competencies) listed below, please go to General Education Outcomes Assessment page.
- Critical Thinking
- Written Communication
- Oral Communication
- Quantitative Literacy
- Scientific Literacy
- Information Literacy
- Technological Competency
The Student Artifact Repository Project (StARs) is a voluntary collection of student work that provides opportunities for systematic review of Millersville's general education objectives and general education competencies, also considered University outcomes.
To find out more information about this project, go to the Student Artifact Repository Project's web page.