The assessment plan developed by the CCUA is organized by the following “Spheres of Assessment.” Penn State faculty will mostly be involved in academic program and course level assessment and/or general education assessment. Each faculty member and administrator will have a specific role in the process.
As an initial step in the ongoing program assessment process, each major degree program will develop an assessment plan that includes all courses associated with a degree major. Eventually, degree minors and courses not affiliated with a specific degree program will need to be integrated into college and campus assessment plans.
Course level assessment of student learning is the responsibility of the instructor teaching the course. Most instructors will assess their courses as part of the academic program assessment.
General Education is the cornerstone of the undergraduate curriculum at Penn State. Faculty members teaching these courses will want to be aware of the role that their course(s) play in the overall education of students enrolled.
The communication of the assessment plan and the support to facilitate its implementation will be linked to the University's strategic planning process. Implementation will be supported via central coordination of resources, consistent communication of assessment priorities, and timely reporting of findings.
Student Affairs staff across the University are renewing their efforts to develop intentional learning outcomes for their workshops and programs and to amplify the positive impact of out-of-class or cocurricular learning at Penn State.