Learning Outcomes Assessment
Assessment of program-level student learning outcomes (PLOs) has been implemented at the University of Idaho to ensure student achievement and continuous program-level improvement. Analysis of this data helps us improve our programs and services, and provides opportunity for faculty to collaborate and engage in discussions focused on student learning and instructional programs. At the root of this process, faculty answer how well students in the program are learning what they expect of graduates.
This practice supports the university’s requirement to conduct outcomes assessment of all degree programs, by both the Idaho State Board of Education and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
All academic programs are required to develop and implement a program-level outcomes assessment plan, and to document how the plan is used for continuous improvement at the program-level. Assessment reports are due annually, three weeks following the end of the Spring semester. The next reporting deadline is May 31, 2019. Assessment plans and reports can be worked on up until this deadline using the PLO Assessment Plan and Report System. All VandalWeb users have access to this system and will use their credentials to login.
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation helps to facilitate the conversation and to support the development of PLO assessment plans and reports.
Programs can use this rubric to help understand the current stage of the assessment plan, and how it can further improve its assessment plan.