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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

  1. Identify the outcome/s or goal/s
  2. Why is this assessment being conducted
  3. Determine an assessment method
  4. Gather data and information
  5. Analyze, review, discuss the findings/data
  6. Share results
  7. Make necessary changes

Assessment Cycle

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?

Helpful Reminders

  • 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

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