Program assessment involves providing evidence of the effectiveness of your courses and curriculum. While reporting this evidence may be used to fulfill accreditation requirements, it is also useful for determining whether your college, department or faculty are achieving student objectives that you have identified.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges (SACS), yet assessment practices at the university extend beyond SACS to include many other accreditation agencies and as well as our own practices of assessment.
In accordance with SACS requirements, student learning must be assessed each year, although specific outcomes need not ALL be assessed in the same cycle. The assessment cycle for programs serves a how-to guide for faculty and staff as they go about thinking through the process of evaluating and developing their programs. Each component of the assessment cycle has links that clarify the purpose for that particular part of the process and how to implement it.
A timeline of assessment reporting activities (i.e., when annual reports are due, etc.) can be found below: