By: Stephen Riley, Office of Teaching and Learning Director of Academic Assessment
Knowing how well students are progressing toward department and program outcomes is an important part of faculty life. There are many ways to evaluate student learning—from papers and exams, to experiential simulations, internships, and capstone reflections.
When activated, assessment insights lead to better opportunities for faculty practice and student learning. The cycle repeats itself as part of a culture of continuous reflection. Assessment generally involves three components: articulating measurable outcomes, gathering artifacts, and reflecting and reporting.
One way to share assessment learnings is through annual program assessment reports. Reports share student successes, areas of growth, and changes made to aid student learning. The Director of Academic Assessment in the Office of Teaching and Learning compiles individual program reports into an annual compendium, offering examples of innovative and exemplary assessment work for use by the broader DU community. Individual program assessment reports are due by June 30. The submission link is available on the DU Assessment webpage, where you can also find the 2021–2022 report and examples.
To learn more and connect with assessment resources, please visit Assessment@DU.