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Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning Writing Your Program Report

Writing Your Annual Program Assessment Report

Each WSU undergraduate degree program reports annually on assessment, submitting a report to ATL.

2019 Reporting Materials for Assessment Coordinators

Reporting Deadline: June 1, 2019

The 2019 Annual Assessment Reports for Undergraduate Degree Programs will be collected online using Qualtrics, due by June 1, 2019. The planning sheet below contains a copy of the questions from the 2019 Annual Assessment Report for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Qualtrics and is intended to be used as an optional planning sheet to help assessment coordinators and/or program leadership develop their reports prior to submission.

Note: This planning sheet is not to be used for submission. Each degree program’s assessment coordinator will receive an email from ATL with a unique link to their Qualtrics report form; if you have questions, please contact atl@wsu.edu for assistance. 

Support for Reporting

ATL staff are available to answer questions, assist in developing assessment plans, and help assessment coordinators complete the report.

Drop-in Sessions in CUE 509:

  • April 29th, 10am-12pm
  • April 30th, 1-3 pm
  • May 6th, 9-11am
  • May 8th, 1-3pm

For other assistance or questions about the report, please contact an assessment specialist.

New for 2019

At the Office of the Provost’s request, updates to the 2019 Report Form include a brief new section on senior major achievement of program-level student learning outcomes:

  • As highlighted in the 3-7-19 memo from Vice Provost’s Wack & Austin to chairs/directors, senior achievement summary information will provide a useful overview of student learning achievement for WSU (helping programs demonstrate academic strengths, as well as set priorities for improvement) and also support WSU’s strategic planning and mission fulfillment for University Accreditation.
  • ATL has provided sample entries, to help programs in different situations understand how to report in this section. ATL is also available to answer questions and assist programs in completing the report.
  • The report form has been shortened in other sections and reordered, to manage reporting effort.

ATL will be providing each program with a brief description of program size, to help provide context for annual assessment reports:

  • This description will include number of degrees conferred over the past three fiscal years and number of spring 2019 certified majors (seniors and overall) using OBIEE records. Numbers will be disaggregated by campus, as applicable.
  • This information will be provided to programs via email along with the annual report planning sheet, and will also be included in the Qualtrics report form. Note: ATL is providing this information based on data available in WSU’s student data warehouse. Programs/assessment coordinators will not need to do anything to obtain this information.

Thresholds for annual program assessment reporting will modify the reporting process in small undergraduate programs:

  1. Threshold for Reporting about Assessment on a Particular Campus for Multi-Campus Programs

Multi-campus undergraduate degree programs with fewer than six senior certified majors on a particular campus (using spring 2019 census records in OBIEE) will not be required to report on assessment for that particular campus. Programs will still be required to submit a regular annual report and include any campus with six or more senior majors. For questions about specific programs or degrees contact ATL.

  1. Threshold for Reporting about Assessment for a Degree Program Overall

Undergraduate degree programs with fewer than six senior certified majors for the degree overall (using spring 2019 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.

These thresholds are intended to recognize that — while faculty are expected to assess student learning and use results to improve their degree program (and programs should include students and faculty from each campus in their assessment activities to the extent possible) — small numbers of senior majors may impact a program’s ability to meet all expectations for program assessment each year, or, in a given year, may warrant a deeper focus in one area than another.  Thus, for these small programs, the annual ebb and flow of their assessment activities will not be tallied in the college or university summaries of annual program reports prepared by ATL.  The college and university summaries will include a list of programs not meeting the thresholds for that year. 

This new policy is intended to support the time faculty spend reporting for their program and the information needed for a meaningful summary of program assessment activities and results for leadership at WSU. The policy has been approved by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and by leadership in colleges & campuses impacted in 2019 by this change.