Office of Assessment & Evaluation
The mission of the Office of Assessment & Evaluation is to design, promote, and facilitate a culture of continuous improvement through assessment and evaluation. Assessment and evaluation at VT are reflective practices incorporating systematic investigation that lead to evidence-based decision making. This mission is achieved in collaboration with partners across the university and the broader education community through practices that encourage innovation in student learning and the learning environment.
2015-2016 Program Assessment Reporting
Each academic degree program, undergraduate or graduate, should report their assessment findings for the 2015-2016 academic year by June 30, 2016, using this chart for graduate and undergraduate degree programs or this chart for certificates. (see example program).
For either option, each degree program should make sure to update their mission statement and list of student learning and program outcomes (5 to 8 learning outcomes and 2 to 3 program outcomes). If possible, please report on 2 to 3 student learning and 1 or 2 program outcomes you examined during the 15-16 academic year. Please be aware that as we move forward with the assessment process we will continue to ask programs to report on several student learning and program outcomes each year.
For more specific information explaining the pieces requested, please see this hand-out or review the presentations on Program Assessment Planning below.
Program Assessment Planning Information
During the Spring 2015 semester a three-part, interactive workshop series was presented detailing how programs can design a manageable and effective assessment process. The PowerPoint presentations of these sessions are available below. The title for each of these sessions highlights the areas that were covered.
Program Assessment Planning: Part I – Missions, Outcomes, and Curriculum Mapping
Description: This session covered how to develop a program mission statement, how to design program and student learning outcomes, and how to create a program curriculum map that highlights student learning opportunities.
Program Assessment Planning: Part II – Measures, Additional Mapping, Targets, and Analysis
Description: The topics covered during this session included choosing assessment methods, designing additional assessment planning maps, creating achievement targets, and analyzing the results of the assessments.
Program Assessment Planning: Part III – Action Plan Development, Closing the Loop, and Reporting
Description: This presentation focused on assessment action planning, “closing the loop”, and reporting findings.
Academic Program Review Call for Internal Reviewers
The Office of Assessment & Evaluation invites interested faculty members and administrators from across Virginia Tech to apply to serve as internal reviewers for the Academic Program Review process. Internal reviewers will provide departments with formative evaluation and feedback designed to guide departments’ continuous improvement efforts. Review teams for each department participating in internal review will be finalized by the office in consultation with the chairs of the departments participating in Academic Program Review. Peer reviewers may serve on a maximum of two review teams per academic year. Internal reviewers will be compensated $500 per completed review.
Additional details, including a timeline for internal review activities and the list of departments/programs participating in internal peer review during the fall 2016 semester, are available here. Faculty and administrators interested in serving as an internal reviewer for Virginia Tech’s Academic Program Review process should complete this short application by April 15, 2016.
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Office of Assessment and Evaluation (MC:0157)
Hillcrest Hall, Room 122, Virginia Tech
385 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
Phone: (540) 231-6823
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Spring 2016 Workshops
The Office of Assessment and Evaluation is sponsoring several workshops for faculty and graduate students on topics related to assessment planning, survey and rubric development, and conducting focus groups. These workshops are designed for those with limited or no previous experience.
In addition to these university-wide offerings, professionals in the Office are available to come to departments or other groups for seminars, workshops, discussions, or hands-on assistance.