Millersville University, Faculty Senate
Academic Outcomes Assessment Committee


Assessment Planning Timeline 1997-2000

April 1997
  1. Nichols workshop for Group 1 departments - April 1-2
  2. 1st and 2nd round departments are established
  3. Selected faculty attend SSHE workshop on gen. ed. assessment
  4. Lists of current academic programs and courses in computer catalog are distributed to all academic departments for review, correction, and identification of programs to be assessed and in preparation for the 1998-2000 UG catalog revision.

May 1997
  1. Nichols workshop scheduled for Group 2 departments - October 9, 1997
  2. Deans' Council establishes timeline for assessment planning/activities through the year 2000.
  3. Timeline is announced to all departments.

October 30, 1997
  1. Nichols assists Group 2 departments to initiate their assessment activities-10/9/97
  2. Nichols assists Group 1 departments with their assessment plans - 10/10/97 These departments may use additional consulting help funded by the SSHE USP grant and the University assessment budget.
  3. Statements of Purpose and Intended Outcomes are established by Group 1 departments for their academic programs. these plans are reviewed/approved by the deans/associate provosts and shared with the Academic Outcomes Assessment Committee.

November 30, 1997
  1. The Assessment Criteria and Procedures and a timeline for assessment activities are established by Group 1 departments for their academic prorams, are reviewed/approved by the deans/associate provosts and shared with the Academic Outcomes Assessment Committee.
  2. Statements of Purpose and Intended Outcomes are established by the General Education Review Committee and reviewed/approved by Faculty Senate.

Spring 1998
  1. Assessment activities/tests are conducted by Group 1 departments for their academic programs.
  2. Pilot testing in general education for selected students.
  3. Statements of Purpose and Intended Outcomes and Assessment Criteria and Procedures and a timeline for assessment activities are established by Group 2 departments for their programs. These plans are reviewed/approved by the deans/associate provosts and shared with the Academic Outcomes Assessment Committee.
  4. Assessment training for Group 3 programs/units.

Summer 1998
  1. Assessment plans, projects, results are reported in departmental annual reports to deans.
  2. Associate Provost for Academic Administration prepares report for president.

August 1998
  1. Results of spring 1998 assessment activities are reviewed by Group 1 departments and used to modify programs, if necessary.

1998-99
  1. Assessment activities/tests/surveys are conducted and results used by Group 2 departments for their academic programs.
  2. The assessment cycle is repeated by Group 1 departments for previously assessed and modified goals or new program goals.
  3. Statements of Purpose and Intended Outcomes and Assessment Criteria and Procedures and a timeline for assessment activities are established by Group 3 programs/units for their programs. These plans are reviewed/approved by the deans/associate provosts and shared with the Academic Outcomes Assessment Committee.
  4. Initial drafts of middle states report information on assessment is created by May 1999. Sources of information are department and school annual reports and assessment reports compiled by assessment committees. An annual outcomes assessment report is prepared by the associate provost for academic information which is the basis of the formal report which must be submitted to the State System.

1999 and beyond
  1. The assessment is repeated and results used by all departments/programs/units for their programs on an ongoing basis. the outcomes assessment plan of each department/program/unit will establish a timeframe for conducting these assessment activities and for reporting on results.
  2. Assessment results are included in annual reports of departments, deans, and provost. Assessment committees share interesting and positive information in assessment newsletter. An annual outcomes assessment report is prepared by the associate provost for academic administration which is the basis of the formal report which must be submitted to the State System.


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