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Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning FAQs About Assessment Reporting

How do annual program assessment reports help the university?

Annual program assessment reports serve as an institutional inventory, providing a snapshot of current assessment activities within colleges and the institution as a whole. Annual program assessment reporting also contributes to WSU’s regional accreditation requirements under the Northwest Commission for Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). For more information, see Annual Program Assessment Reporting.

How do annual program assessment reports help programs?

Program assessment reports help programs take stock of their assessment activities, processes, and results. Through preparing the annual report, programs may identify needs and organize next steps.

Which WSU programs need to submit an annual program assessment report?

Each academic undergraduate program that offers a degree needs to report annually on assessment, submitting a report to ATL. Starting in 2019, undergraduate degree programs with fewer than six senior certified majors for the degree overall (using spring census records in OBIEE) will fall below the threshold for submitting the regular annual program assessment report to ATL and will file an alternative short briefing instead. For questions about specific programs or degrees contact ATL.

Do graduate programs need to report on assessment?

Yes, graduate programs also need to report regularly on their program-level assessment. See the Graduate School website for details.

Do undergraduate programs need to submit a program assessment report every year?

Yes, every degree program reports annually on its assessment.

What is done with the annual program assessment reports?

  • Institution-wide: Annual results are compiled to provide a snapshot of undergraduate program assessment at WSU. This information is shared with institutional leadership and contributes to WSU’s regional accreditation report. Results also help inform WSU’s assessment goals and help ATL prioritize where support is needed. See WSU-Wide Program Assessment Summaries.
  • Colleges and Campuses: Results are compiled for each college and campus to provide a snapshot of assessment for discussion with college or campus leadership.
  • Samples: ATL contacts programs to ask permission to share examples of strong assessment practices with the WSU community.

Why does the undergraduate program assessment report form change from year to year?

ATL makes improvements to the report form, as needed, in order to streamline the reporting process and to meet evolving needs at WSU. Please contact us to give input.

Who can undergraduate programs contact with questions about writing or submitting annual program assessment reports?

For help, contact the designated ATL assessment specialist for each college/area or the ATL general email ( or phone (509-335-1355).

Who should receive a copy of a program’s annual program assessment report?

Each WSU undergraduate degree program reports annually on assessment, submitting a report to ATL. The assessment coordinator and department chair should have access to the program report, and programs should also store the report in the program’s assessment archive. Additionally, programs offering degrees on more than one campus should also provide the annual report to each of their campus contacts.