Outcomes assessment answers the question "Did we, in fact, accomplish what we intended to for our students, University and local community?" It is the process of specifying outcomes, establishing measurable 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 cycle includes the following steps:
- Specify four to seven (or reasonable, manageable number of) outcomes
- Link outcomes to mission, goals, or program objectives
- Clarify where learning experiences may occur
- Establish measurable criteria (or "targets") - up to three for each outcome
- Identify assessment tools (e.g. preferably actual student work or performance, surveys, skills tests, focus groups)
- Analyze assessment results
- Identify improvements and develop action plans
- Implement action plans and assess improvements
- Communicate the results and improvements made
The assessment cycle at Millersville is an annual process that begins with planning and ends with acting on what was learned. Outcomes, targets and assessment tools (measures) are established early in the fall semester, data is collected by the end of spring semester, results are analyzed during the summer and early fall.
- 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 WeaveOnline as an assessment data management system. For more information about accesssing WeaveOnline, please contact Ms. Carol Kirsch at 717-871-2390.