Overview and Timeline
Assessment Timeline and Process
Murray State University (MSU) establishes and follows a set of guidelines and criteria to guide the assessment process. In a nutshell, the assessment process at MSU begins within the academic programs and departments, where discussions and decisions are made with regard to outcomes, assessment measures, and achievement targets for a particular academic year. Assessment plans are submitted via SPOL by October 1 of each academic year while assessment reports are due on September 15 of the subsequent year. The University Assessment Committee (UAC) reviews and evaluates both assessment plans and reports using an established rubric to help programs and departments improve their planning and reporting submissions. The assessment process ends and restarts when all changes based on the reported results and analysis are implemented. All these activities are listed in MSU’s assessment timeline (Table 1) which coincides with the MSU’s assessment process (Figure 1). The graphical representation of MSU’s cyclical assessment process exhibits how well-aligned it is with the assessment definition.
Table 1. MSU's Assessment Timeline
|October 1||DUE - Assessment plans to SPOL||Assessment Coordinators|
|October 1 - 31||UAC reviews assessment plans||UAC and OIE|
|Ongoing||Implementation of assessment plan||Academic Programs and Departments|
|Last Friday of August (recommended)||Assessment Day: Closing the Loop
- structure, topics, and activities are determined by the Assessment Coordinator
|Academic Programs and Departments|
|September 15||DUE - Assessment reports to SPOL||Assessment Coordinators|
|September 15 - October 15||UAC reviews assessment reports||UAC and OIE|
|Ongoing||Implementation of recommendations and action plans from the assessment report||Academic Programs and Departments|
Note: If the due date falls on a holiday or weekend, the required activity is due on the following business day.
Figure 1. MSU's Assessment Process
Assessment Plan and Report Components
To help you become successful with your program or departmental assessment, clarifying the content and focus of an assessment plan and report is an essential step. By understanding what is included in an assessment plan and looking at what you already have in place, you can begin to think about the effective assessment strategies and activities within your academic program or department. Table 2 lists the required components that programs and administrative units are expected to submit within their annual assessment plans and reports via SPOL.
Table 2. Required Annual Assessment Plan and Report Components
|Assessment Plan||Assessment Report|