Student Learning Assessment at GSU
GSU assesses student learning on an annual basis in all undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree and certificate programs as well as in the General Education (core curriculum) program. Faculty play a central role in all aspects of the assessment process: the establishment of student learning outcomes, the development of assessment plans, the implementation of those plans, assessment reporting, the review of assessment reports, and the use of assessment findings to improve educational programs.
The assessment process begins at the department level. Each department designates an assessment reporter for each degree program; assessment reporters are also designated for the core curriculum in those departments that contribute to the General Education program. The reporters are responsible for ensuring that assessment is conducted in each program, collecting the findings of the assessments, coordinating faculty discussion and decisionmaking with regard to the assessment process and findings, and submitting an annual assessment report for each program.
The assessment process generates approximately 200 separate reports each year. Some exemplary assessment reports can be viewed here. Beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, all assessment reports have been submitted and stored in the GSU Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Portal (SLOAP), an online platform developed by the Office of Academic Assessment. Prior to that, assessment reports had been entered in WEAVEonline since 2005.
Overall responsibility for assessment at GSU lies with the Committee on Academic Programs (CAP) of the University Senate. The CAP has established two faculty sub-committees to oversee the assessment process: the Undergraduate Assessment Committee (UAC) and the Graduate Assessment Committee (GAC).
The UAC reviews the assessment reports for all of the undergraduate programs and the general education curriculum and provides feedback to the department assessment reporters based on its reviews of the reports. The GAC performs the same functions for all of the graduate programs. The committees also meet to review and make changes as necessary in the assessment process and schedule.