SAU's vision for assessment and evaluation are guided by the SAU Institutional Assessment and Evaluation Plan. Processes for reviewing both curricular and co-curricular programs are included.
Occurs through the formal Program Review Process by the Educational Policies Committee. According to the 2010–11 Program Review Guidelines maintained by the Educational Policies Committee, academic programs are to include the following in their program review reports:
Assessment of student learning outcomes with clear identification of the tools used.
This section should:
A. Explain how your stated student learning outcomes are appropriate to your mission, programs, degrees, and students.
B. Present evidence that students achieve your stated student learning outcomes.
C. Document how your department analyzes and uses evidence of student learning.
D.Describe how your faculty members share responsibility for student learning and its assessment.
E. Explain how you evaluate and improve your efforts to assess and improve student learning.
F. Describe how you inform your various stakeholders (students, employers, accreditation agencies, etc.), both on and off campus, about what and how well your students are learning
In addition, the section should include an outline of the department's plans–as well as assessment and evaluation methods–for the next five years based upon program review evidence. To help evaluate the assessment section of academic program reviews, the University Assessment Coordinator serves as an ex officio member of the Educational Policies Committee.
Review occurs through the formal Academic Support Committee Evaluation Review Process. Beginning in Fall 2005, all co-curricular and administrative offices or departments that consult with the Academic Support Committee (ASC) were required to submit an evaluation plan to the ASC. The plans contain:
The Academic Support Committee schedules a review of each co-curricular unit every five years, similar to the academic program review process conducted by the Educational Policies Committee.
The pages on the left provide copies of the most current assessment plans and reveiews for both Curricular and Co-curricular programs.