An assessment plan describes a program’s process and timeline for collecting and analyzing assessment data, and regularly involving faculty in interpreting and using results. Like a research plan, an assessment plan guides activities and establishes a manageable schedule.
An assessment plan can include the purpose of a program’s assessment, as well as specific assessment questions. Plans typically include the program’s student learning outcomes, a curriculum map, the assessment team, a description of assessment measures, and a timeline. The structure of assessment plans varies, as appropriate to the program and discipline.
How Programs Can Use Assessment Plans
Assessment plans provide a guide to assessment activities for each academic year. Assessment plans can be periodically shared and discussed with program leadership and faculty, and revised as needed. Used in this way, assessment plans can:
- Support efficient, effective, and sustainable assessment by providing scope, scale and timeline for reasonable assessment effort each year
- Clarify roles and responsibilities in departments/schools, colleges, and across campuses
- Allow for coordination and delegation of efforts, with individuals, committees, and other units
- Support transitions and succession planning (or continuity when facing unexpected transitions)
- Contribute to regular documentation and archive
Resources for Assessment Plans
- What to Include in an Assessment Plan — including a template and models for developing a plan
- WSU Examples of Assessment Plans
- “No Frills” Approach to Planning Assessment of Student Learning [PDF]
- Assessment Planning Tips for Assessment Coordinators [PDF]
- Assessment Plans Toolkit