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Reporting on Assessment: The Development and Implementation of an Enterprise Assessment Service

Thomas Slomka (University at Buffalo, USA)
Session Information
July 7, 2015 - 3:30pm
Institutional Leadership & Strategy
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Plaza Court 2
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Concurrent Session 2

A Presentation On The Development and Implementation of an Enterprise Program Assessment Service, UB's Online Annual Academic Program Assessment

Extended Abstract

This presentation covers the development and implementation of the University at Buffalos Annual Academic Program Assessment; a web application designed to help programs provide assessment reports, program assessment coordinators to share best practices and resources, faculty and staff to compare assessment efforts and administration to track and report on program learning outcomes and assessment based program planning. Attendees will learn about the development of the application, its features, and goals for its use.

History: 5 minutes
The Online Annual Academic Program Assessment grew out of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education's requirements for accreditation and efforts to build a culture of assessment on campus.. In an effort to make the program reporting process as productive as possible a report viewing website was created. The universitys response to the report viewing web site was quite positive resulting in many programs refining their program reports and sharing assessment expertise with others on campus. With that success in mind a redesign effort was begun to look at ways to make the reports web site even more productive. The result of the redesign effort is the Online Annual Academic Program Assessment web application.

Goals: 5 minutes
The Online Annual Academic Program Assessment has a primary goal of creating a longitudinal archive of program development, assessment, and planning tools to provide the university community and administration access to the ongoing effort of university programs assessment of student learning. The university has an additional goal of providing direct support to programs through the use of the web applications reporting tools, reporting resources, interactions between assessment program coordinators, and interactions with program assessment reviewers and assessment support staff.

Design Features: 30 minutes
Web Based Template
The application provides an online template for the completion of program reports. The templets give program reports a common structure which enhances the ability to review and compare assessment and planning efforts across programs.

Role Based Access
The assignment of responsible parties involved in the creation, maintenance, and assessment of the reports and the reporting process. Similar to the web tempting making the finished reporting more accessible the program assessment coordinators become transparent to the university community making inquiry and knowledge sharing more easily accessed.

Review Of Reports
An online review process provides feedback to the program assessment coordinators through a peer review process which applies an assessment rubric to each aspect of the report, intended to help cultivate and nurture an ongoing cycle of assessment and planning.

Resource Sharing
Through the web interface the report contents; program learning outcomes, program mission and goals, assessment methods, criteria and findings, planning efforts, and documentation; create a wealth of available resources for the campus community to review and benefit from.

Administrative Review
A variety of reports generated from the service, available to coordinators, evaluators, and administrators provide university administration a window onto program assessment and reporting activities.

Additional design and development plans include connecting data services from the application to other services on campus such as the course catalog, course syllabus tools, curriculum mapping tools, and accreditation services.

Questions: 5 minutes

Lead Presenter

Thomas Slomkas expertise is in communication and information design, with particular interests in the intersections between traditional, hybrid and electronic communication patterns. Thom has a goal of advancing teaching, learning and research at UB through the effective use of information technology. At UB he develops specialized software to enhance teaching and research; supports the universities ability to support, track, assess, respond to and manage teaching and research goals.