Assessment CycleAcademic Assessment is the collection of information about student learning taking place within a course, across a major program, or over an entire institution's curriculum and the use of that information to improve the learning experience or to provide evidence to support current teaching strategies. At B-CU, academic assessment is a faculty-driven process.

A Continuous Improvement Cycle

B-CU collects assessment data to enhance student learning outcomes in a continuous improvement cycle (as shown above) by adhering to an assessment plan, which is a blueprint for how a program will assess or evaluate over time to determine whether students are achieving each program’s expected learning goals.  The Annual Planning, Budgeting and Assessment Report for each academic program details how assessment results are used to drive the strategic planning process and improve student learning.

Documents and Resources for Academic Program Assessment

Academic Program Assessment Forms

  • TEMPLATE: Annual Planning, Assessment, and Budgeting Report Template for Academic Programs (PDF) (Word)
  • GUIDELINES: Annual Planning, Assessment, and Budgeting Report Guidelines for Academic Programs (PDF) (Word)
  • DATA COLLECTION: PSLO Assessment Data Collection Form for Faculty (PDF) (Word)

Documents for General Education (Gen Ed) Curriculum Assessment

  • Gen Ed Data Collection (PDF) (Word)
  • B-CU Gen Ed Curriculum with Assessment Grid (PDF) (Word)

Other Resources

  • B-CU's Institutional Effectiveness Glossary  ( PDF)
  • Understand Institutional Effectiveness & Academic Program Assessment at B-CU ( PowerPoint )
  • B-CU's Major Field Tests (or equivalent) Listed by Program   ( PDF)
  • Association of American Colleges & University V.A.L.U.E. Rubrics ( PDF)
  • Bloom's Taxonomy Action Verbs for Creating Student Learning Outcomes ( PDF)
  • Case Study: Making Assessment Work - University of Pittsburgh (PDF) 

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