Student Learning Assessment within the Major
Annual Assessment of Program Learning Outcomes
Program learning outcomes are assessed annually for each degree. It is not necessary to assess each outcome every year; rather, a program should comprehensively assess all outcomes in a three or four year period. Many programs develop assessment methods that become part of annual practices. After the initial development of the method, the assessment becomes less time consuming to plan and implement. For example, a number of programs assess student work in capstone classes with a rubric that is aligned with program learning outcomes and often used for grading as well. Faculty ratings on the rubric can then be compared between different cohorts. The Executive Director of Assessment is available for consultation to develop assessment methods that build on practices programs already have in place and can be easily implemented.
Degree programs at FIT assess program learning outcomes annually. The seven programs in the Baker School of Business and Technology accredited by ACBSP have their own reporting process. All other programs submit annual reports, following an annual assessment report template (pdf), to the Office of Academic and Administrative Assessment.
Reports are due November 1, based on assessment conducted during the previous academic year. Since most programs assess final projects at the end of the spring, this schedule allows faculty to discuss results when they return in the fall and make plans for using the results before the report is due.