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Here you will find examples of assessment plans departments have been using on F&M's campus. The Fellows have identified plans whose features others would find useful as we move forward with the assessment process. Plans are listed with the permission of their authors.
Readers will see that these departments have taken a wide variety of approaches to assessment; some have focused on a single course, others on the major, and others on a particular set of skills/outcomes within the major. All of these plans have relatively clearly stated goals. Most use at least some direct measures of student learning, but they vary from use of student work produced in classes (evaluated using a focused rubric) to work that is produced specifically for the purpose of assessment. They employ a variety of indirect measures, ranging from student self-reports to exit interviews to alumni surveys.
Please keep in mind that our model of assessment at F&M is intentionally diverse; there is no single “right” way to put together an assessment of student learning. (See our statement of “Guiding Principles”.) What matters is that our assessment efforts provide us with information that will enable us to gauge how well we are achieving our goals in our classes, and guide us in making improvements as needed. Note that these examples are not meant to serve as templates of what you MUST do; rather, they are offered as sources of inspiration. They are works in progress, as are all of our plans. Please also note that these assessment plans are for internal use by the faculty at the College and should not be distributed to people outside the College without permission from the appropriate Department or Program.