Vanderbilt University Assessment Website

Assessment Plan Design Checklist

What is our level of assessment?

  • University-wide
  • Graduate/Undergraduate education
  • Programs
  • Courses
  • Services/Departments
  • Other __________________

Are there other assessment requirements that need to be considered?

  • Curriculum committee requirements
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) review
  • Professional accreditation
  • Professional licensing
  • Other __________________

From whom will we collect data?

  • Entering students
  • Current students
  • Exiting students
  • Staff or Faculty
  • Employers of graduates
  • Alumni
  • Other __________________

What do we want to know?

  • Student knowledge of subject matter
  • Skills competency
  • Attitudes
  • Satisfaction
  • Career outcomes
  • Other __________________

Who will see the resulting information?

  • Accrediting bodies
  • State and federal agencies
  • Curriculum committee
  • Advisory committees
  • Deans/Administrators
  • Other faculty and/or staff
  • The department/office
  • Students
  • Alumni
  • Data sharing consortiums
  • Other __________________

How will the data be used?

  • Internal decision-making
  • Curricular revisions
  • Program revisions
  • Reports to constituents
  • Other __________________

How often will data be collected?

  • One-time assessment
  • Each semester
  • Annually
  • Cyclically
  • Other __________________

What existing information is available to the department/office?

  • Program participation
  • Use of services
  • Demographic data
  • Student academic profile data
  • Retention, enrollment, or graduation rates
  • Transcripts
  • Course-taking patterns
  • Data from existing surveys
  • Other __________________

What methods can be used to generate additional information needed by the department/office?

  • Entrance/First Contact surveys
  • Program/use of services/attendance data
  • Course expectations and satisfaction surveys
  • Exit interviews
  • Faculty/Staff interviews or surveys
  • Portfolios
  • Standardized test scores
  • Other __________________

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