Background and Rationale for Assessment
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Assessment Tools and Data
Closing the Loop
Budgeting, Planning, and Improving
Principles of Good Assessment
Implementing Assessment Training on
References & Resources
Using Materials from
Recording the Data
Managing the data depends upon the type of assessment
tool used. Electronic surveys using the web provide easily a manipulated
and stored data.
Formsite.com provides a tool for creating forms and stores it
automatically. The campus webmaster may help you create surveys online
Scantron has special forms that allow you to get a count on the
number of answers for each choice using a common Scantron machine, I
have found this inexpensive and useful.
Scantron and several publishers have laser activated assessment
tools that automatically download responses in a computer file.
The secret to closing the loop for faculty depends
heavily upon realistic and manageable data recording.
Schedule time to record data directly after completing
the assessment. Depending upon the assessment, this process usually
requires only a few minutes to half an hour after class.
Prepare a simple table or chart to record results.
Think about the meaning of these data and write down
Share the data with the class, if appropriate.
Modify your conclusions following this feedback.
Take the opportunity to share your findings with other
faculty in your area, as well in those in other areas for broader
Report on the data and what you have learned at
discipline and institutional meetings.
Send me an email and let me know what works and what
does not (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For program assessment, data should be aggregated and sent to all
faculty within the program. Allow some time for individual faculty
members to think about the data. Plan a program meeting each semester to
summarize the data and determine changes in the assessment process or
improvements in program curriculum and policies. Interpreting the data
occurs best when everyone has a chance for input, many minds are far
smarter than the smartest individual mind. It is helpful to have a
computer and project the information for everyone to see, and then to
create an executive report together on the screen. This saves time and
the report is created collegially; the meeting ends with a product. This
data and summary should be shared with advisory boards, institutional
researchers, and other relevant parties for input. Remember, everyone is
a learner when it comes to assessment.
Resources and Links
7 Closing the Loop
as a Workbook
You can create forms easily at this
Scantron Forms for Surveys
Scantron Automated Assessment