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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 Institutional Assessment Committee (IAC) 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. The IAC 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. The IAC 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 focused on planning. Programs provided details about their outcomes and planned assessment activities through the Program-Level Assessment Plan. Completed plans were submitted in March 2020 and a subcommittee of faculty and staff reviewed all plans and provided programs with feedback. 

Following the planning phase, beginning during the 2020-2021 academic year, programs submit annual reports focused on continuous improvement. Via the Program-Level Assessment Report, programs 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 15, 2024. The IAC will review all reports and provide feedback. The Director of Educational Assessment and the IAC 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 Tony Ribera.

*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