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Assessment Resources: Annual Program-Level Planning and Reporting Process


At Marian University, the MARIAN Program-Level* Assessment Planning and Reporting Process seeks to be:

  • Meaningful. The process is focused on promoting data use among curricular and co-curricular programs rather than just reporting to meet accreditation needs.
  • Authentic. The Teaching & Learning Committee (TLC) strives to foster genuine and supportive relationships with and between programs across campus.
  • Reasonable. The process places realistic and fair expectations on programs, faculty, and staff.
  • Inclusive. TLC recognizes that all faculty and staff are educators and make important contributions to student learning.
  • Appreciative. The process emphasizes the strengths and accomplishments of programs and focuses on what could help moving forward.
  • Nimble. TLC intends to respond to program needs and make appropriate improvements to the process based on program feedback.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the first phase of the process will focus on planning. Programs will provide details about their outcomes and planned assessment activities through the Program-Level Assessment Plan. Completed plans were submitted in March 2020 and TLC reviewed all plans and provided programs with feedback. To assist programs in this phase of the process, Tony Ribera, Director of Educational Assessment, contacted program leaders to discuss their plans and ways he and TLC can support their program-level assessment planning and implementation.

Following the planning phase, beginning during the 2020-2021 academic year, programs will submit annual reports focused on continuous improvement. Via the Program-Level Assessment Report, programs will provide updates on their assessment activities and how findings from direct and indirect assessment efforts will be/have been used to promote teaching and learning within programs. Completed program-level assessment reports are due Friday, March 17, 2023. Again, TLC will review all reports and provide feedback. The Director of Educational Assessment and TLC will be available to support programs during this stage of the process.

If you would like to discuss the program-level planning and reporting process further, please contact Yuriko IkedaTony Ribera, or any of the members of the TLC Planning & Reporting Subcommittee.

*Although this process focuses on program-level assessment planning and reporting, in some cases, it may be more appropriate for plans and reports to discuss assessment efforts at the school- or department-level. Please contact Tony Ribera with questions or to discuss this further.

Assessment Planning Resources

Assessment Reporting Resources