What are the parts of a Continuous Improvement Report for academic programs?

Instructions for Each Field in the Student Learning Outcome Continuous Improvement Report for Academic Programs

  • Continuous Improvement Implementations from Prior Cycles
    • Briefly describe any continuous improvements/adaptations that were implemented over the past year as a result of your assessment efforts.  These may be continuous improvement plans from a prior cycle that were implemented or stand-alone enhancements not specifically linked to a particular cycle.  For example, if an outcome was not met in prior cycles, what actions were taken to meet the outcome and what were the results? Or perhaps during your assessment of student satisfaction, you discover that the survey instrument could be enhanced to better serve student needs.  Attach any supporting documentation related to these actions. Create a separate instance for each implementation by clicking Add new from the first Continuous Improvement Implementations field.
  • Identify Previous Cycle
    • Select the cycle from which this outcome, that led to the continuous improvement implementation, was most recently assessed.
  • Student Learning Outcome
    • Select the student learning outcomes (SLOs) being assessed during this cycle by selecting +Program from the menu above the fields and clicking all SLOs being measured this cycle. If you do not see the SLO being measured, please contact IRAP. A program should be measuring the program’s published SLOs as shown here.
    • If you need to remove any SLOs that have been added to this cycle but are no longer being measured this reporting cycle, go to the Outcomes view located above the fields and select Remove to the right of each SLO to be removed.
    • As applicable, do not forget to use the Link function to link the outcome to any appropriate Plans (Strategic Directions) or GenEd Outcomes.
  • Assessment Method
    • Briefly explain one means by which the outcome will be measured. Be sure to attach any related documentation (survey instruments, rubrics, etc.) using the File + button. To add another assessment method for this SLO, click Add new under the SLO’s first Assessment Method.
  • Metric/Numeric Criterion
    • Enter a short statement describing the level of performance which will indicate that the program is successful in achieving the outcome. For example, “90% of students in the program will achieve a score of 3 or above on the rubric."
  • Results
    • Enter a short statement indicating the results, stated in the same terms as the numeric criterion. Attach any supporting documents related to the results using the File+ option.
  • Criterion Met?
    • Select Criterion Met if the results met or exceeded the predetermined numeric criterion. Select Criterion Not Met if the results were below the predetermined criterion.
  • Continuous Improvement Plan
    • Whether or not the results were met, briefly state what continuous improvements, or changes, will be made regarding this outcome to enhance student learning in the program and when these will be implemented.
  • Additional Comments
    • This is an optional field the program may use to record additional notes regarding their assessment efforts. A program may want to add suggestions for changes for future assessment or may want to indicate why assessment plans did not go as intended. Basically, this is an area for assessors to share notes for future assessors for the unit.