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Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning Use of Assessment

WSU Examples of Using Assessment to Inform Program Decisions

In an effective system of student learning assessment, programs regularly complete the assessment cycle by using what was learned from assessment to inform program decisions. Decisions may relate to curriculum and instruction or they may be related to other aspects of the program, including the assessment process. Some program assessment is aligned with specific student learning outcomes, while other assessment relates more broadly to student experience in a program.

Provided below are some examples, organized by decision and assessment type, of how WSU undergraduate degree programs used assessment to inform decisions as reported in the annual undergraduate degree program assessment reports. The examples, like the annual program reports themselves, look at key or representative activities and uses, and are not intended to be exhaustive or show all uses of assessment results by WSU programs.