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Assessment of Learning Outcomes


Assessment of Learning Outcomes is an important part of improving student learning, building community, and promoting equity across UMSL. This handbook provides departments and faculty with tools for thoughtful assessment of learning outcomes for degree programs. This handbook also discusses what assessment means for faculty, students, and the institution overall. Through this handbook, you will understand why assessment matters, and how to conduct beneficial, sustainable, and actionable assessment for your degree programs.

About Program Assessment
About this section: Learn about what degree program assessment at UMSL means and how it matters to you, your students, UMSL, and our community as a whole.
About this section: Find resources for creating and conducting a meaningful degree program assessment plan with an equity-minded lens.


Designing A Degree Program Assessment Plan
About this section: Explore strategies for building a team best suited to lead assessment responsibilities.
About this section: Find information on how to use learning outcomes as assessment questions, and ensure these questions are meaningful to degree program assessment.
About this section: Explore helpful tools for reviewing your program learning outcomes (PLOs) of degree programs; make meaningful updates to PLOs.
About this section: Consider a wide array of different types of evidence of student success to choose which sets of evidence are right for your degree program(s), and how to use rubrics in assessment.
About this section: Set goals that objectively measure degree program learning outcomes and set benchmarks and targets to reach those goals.
About this section: Strategically sample material, methods, and students to make assessment more manageable


Analyzing the Data and Preparing Your Report
About this section: Learn the various steps in the assessment process, from establishing benchmarks, to analyzing results, to the final report.
About this section: Discover information on collecting and analyzing assessment data, as well as how to showcase your results.
About this section: Create an action plan to improve courses and programs; find information here about closing the loop between assessment and improvement after analyzing the data and creating a report.


About this section: Explore additional resources for the assessment process, information about referenced materials throughout the handbook, and a glossary of terms.
About this section: View a sample template for the assessment of degree programs.