Program assessment involves establishing program learning outcomes, and assessing student performance for each outcome. Program assessment is described in each department's Assessment Plan, which include outcomes, threshold values, curriculum maps, and assessment schedules.

Purpose

The purpose of assessment in higher education:

Assessment is good educational practice because it demonstrates what is going on in the classroom, and provides data on improving our programs through continual monitoring of student learning. The steps of assessment include:

  1. Define what we expect our students to learn (learning outcomes)
  2. Assess if learning outcomes are being achieved
  3. Respond to assessment
  4. Integrating results toward continued quality improvements

At Montana State university, assessment of student learning is governed by the Student Outcomes Assessment Policy and directed by the Assessment and Outcomes Committee, and Core 2.0 Curriculum Committee.

Assessment Plans

All academic programs at Montana State University are required to have an assessment plan. The plans should be periodically updated. Please send new Assessment Plans to programassessment@montana.edu.

Assessment Reports

All academic programs at Montana State University are required to submit a report on the previous year's assessment activities annually. The annual reports are due on September 15th each year. Please submit Undergraduate and Graduate Program Assessment Reports to programassessment@montana.edu.

Questions or Suggestions?

Tami Eitle, Interim Associate Provost
programassessment@montana.edu