Assessment Plan

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At McKendree University, we have a systematic assessment planEach year, we focus on one student learning outcome according to an established timeline. Our Student Learning, Assessment, and Teaching Effectiveness (SLATE) committee oversees the entire plan.


SLATE establishes subcommittees that operate on a two-year cycle. In year one, they plan, develop, and/or revise the targeted student learning outcome. In year two, they implement changes to the outcome or assessment tools and sponsor activities to educate the campus community about the targeted outcome. Year two is also designated as the "Year of [student learning outcome]."  For example, 2019-2020 is the "Year of Diversity" at McKendree University. 

Based on continuous improvement as well as significant changes to our Assessment 2.0 process, in 2019 we will call our efforts as Assessment 2.1. The rationale for this change includes the following:

  • We completed one full cycle of Assessment 2.0 and are now making changes to each of the student learning outcomes and corresponding assessment tools.
  • We added Student Affairs to our Biennial Assessment Report, and all units will be included and evaluated for the first time in the 2019-2020 cycle.
  • We added to the Biennial Assessment Report a section on General Education assessments.
  • We are improving our data reporting and will continue to disaggregate data in more meaningful ways in the future.
  • We restructured our assessment grid and reporting structure. 
  • We celebrate our successful HLC reaffirmation visit in the fall of 2018 and commit to continuous improvement of our assessment processes.


Assessment 2.0 Timeline

Year

Planning and Development

Implementation (Year of...)

2010-2011

Engagement

 

2011-2012

Personal and Social Responsibility

Engagement

2012-2013

Diverse Perspectives

Personal and Social Responsibility

2013-2014

Effective Communication

Diverse Perspectives

2014-2015

Inquiry and Problem Solving

Effective Communication

2015-2016

Lifelong Learning

Inquiry and Problem Solving

2016-2017 (repeat cycle)

Engagement

Lifelong Learning

2017-2018

Personal and Social Responsibility

Engagement

2018-2019

Diverse Perspectives

Personal and Social Responsibility

Assessment 2.1

   

2019-2020

Effective Communication

Diverse Perspectives

2020-2021

Inquiry and Problem Solving

Effective Communication

2021-2022

Lifelong Learning

Inquiry and Problem Solving

2022-2023 (repeat cycle)

   


Note: The Discipline-Specific Competence student learning outcome is addressed by major (program-level) faculty on an annual basis and is not included in the timeline above.