Questions to Get You Started with Assessment
- What do you expect your students to know and/or be able to do by experiencing your programs or services?
- What do the curricula and the co-curricula “add up to”?
- What do you do in your programs/services to promote the kinds of learning and development that Carleton seeks?
- What students benefit from what your office offers?
- How can you help students make connections between classroom learning and experiences outside the classroom?
- What do you want or need to show?*
- Why do you need to show it?*
- Who is the source of your data?*
- How will you use the data?*
- Who will need to see the results?*
Steps for Creating Assessment
Assessment Cycle Questions
Key cycle questions
- What are we trying to do and why are we doing it?
- What do we expect the students to know or to do as a result of our program/service?
- How well are we doing it and how do we know?
- How do we use the information to improve?
- Does it work?
- Go ahead and write every program outcome down, but don’t try to assess every program outcome every year
- You may want to start by documenting what you are already doing and connect it to budget needs and key performance indicators
- Move to implementing the entire assessment cycle one outcome at a time making everything for that systematic. In other words, we want to begin to form “habits” of assessment.
- Remind each other of the importance and benefits of continual assessment.
- Share assessment examples with others and celebrate assessment victories
- Advertise your assessment learnings and decisions made
- Incorporate students in all facets of assessment planning and implementation when ready
- Articulate Division-wide assessment expectations
- Acknowledge and addresses barriers to assessment
Share your upcoming assessments with the division
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