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Program Assessment

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:

This is a timeline for assessment. In early fall, you should decide what students in the department should be able to do. Decide what assessments will best help students demonstrate these competencies, and develop a plan for how these assessments will take place. In the fall/spring/summer, carry out the assessments and collect the data. In the late spring and summer, analyze and interpret the results and compare the results with last year's results, if applicable. In summer and early fall, analyze and interpret the results. Compare the results with last year's results, if applicable. On September 15, submit previous academic year's report in Compliance Assist. This is done every year.

Other important resources for Program Assessment can be found below:



Assessment FAQs

The Assessment Cycle for ProgramsThe Assessment Cycle for Programs is a cycle that asks five major questions: What will your graduates learn and achieve? Where in the curriculum will they learn and achieve what you want them to? How and when will students show their learning and achievements? What assessment do you use? What is your analysis and your conclusions about the results of evaluations? How will you use these results to make changes in the curriculum to enhance your program?


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