Assessments and Planning

[alert class=”warning”]This link within the OIR web site is a temporary site for Assessment and Planning across the university. Note that there are two areas of assessment highlighted here: Academic Assessment and Administrative Assessment. For questions regarding these areas of assessment and planning, contact Marti Singer,[email protected][/alert]

Academic Departments and Programs

Academic assessment includes the reporting on all student learning outcomes that are assessed through each department or school across the university. Throughout the year, several workshops and information sessions will be offered to faculty, administrators, and staff to facilitate building effective, useful assessments.

Our primary goals are to work with departments as we learn as a university: 1) ways to gather evidence about what we expect our students to learn in our respective disciplines, and 2) how this learning relates to departmental, college, and university strategic goals and aspirations for our students. A more specific objective this year is to streamline the assessment process in ways that make it more informative, useful, and meaningful for both the Academic Department’s Assessment Coordinator and members of the department.

Because WEAVEonline, the software we use to house our assessment information, has updated their software, this year presents us with a good opportunity to review the assessment information we have provided over the past three years, as we seek to improve the ways we identify and measure student learning across disciplines, as well as the Action Plans we propose. It’s time to view the software as a tool for assessment rather than let the software drive the assessment. Therefore, we are offering several mini-workshops this spring to consider and reconsider our assessment processes.

The first workshops for this semester will occur for those on the Undergraduate Assessment Committee on Monday, January 26th from 12-1:00 p.m. and Thursday, 29th, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in 302 Urban Life. Each member should choose the workshop that best fits his or her schedule. The Undergraduate Assessment Committee is comprised of faculty, administrators, and students representing their respective college or school. It reviews undergraduate assessment of student learning outcomes in baccalaureate degree programs and general education core, including those related to the Critical Thinking through Writing (CTW) Initiative (our SACS QEP Initiative).

Department Chairs and Assessment Coordinators are invited to join one of the mini- workshops to be held on Monday, February 9th and Thursday, February 12th in 305 Classroom South. Each workshop will review elements of assessment used to guide thinking and reporting for AY 2008-09. The Workshop will also highlight changes in WEAVEonline, our assessment reporting tool. Each mini-workshop will last about an hour. Please sign up below for the session that best fits your schedule.

The web link provided here accommodates 20 people per session. Because there are over 180 Assessment Coordinators and Department Chairs, we are scheduling multiple sessions. Workshops will take place in computer classrooms so that we can all be on line at the same time, ask questions, begin the assessment process, and get used to the new look of WEAVEonline. Log on to this link to register for a workshop:

Finally, please return to this site for more information about assessment at Georgia State. We will report overall assessment information here, as well as awards, research, and other assessment activities.

  • Marti Singer, Ph.D.
  • Senior Faculty Associate for Assessment
  • Office of the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness
  • 1001 One Park Place Georgia State University

Administrative and Support Units

The cycle year 2008-2009 (FY09) is now open for outcomes data entry on the new version of WEAVEonline. The new url is . Your logon ID and password have not changed. As in past cycles, the deadline for data entry for administrative units will probably be sometime in mid-August.

We will be taking advantage of the added flexibility of the new WEAVE version for this reporting cycle.

  • Reporting units will be able to enter their goals onto the system, and relate (link) their outcomes to their goals.

  • If they choose to do so, subdivisions and divisions will now be able to report data at those administrative levels as well as at the unit or department level.

  • We have modified the questions in the Analysis section of the reporting system.

  • The administrative units will now be using the Annual Report section of WEAVE.

You will notice when you log on that the screens look different, and the navigation paths have changed. Informational packets and user guides will be distributed in January to WEAVE users. Workshops will be conducted later in the spring to provide the opportunity to learn to navigate through the new version and to ask questions about outcomes and measures. In the meantime, if you have questions about the system or the process, or have difficulty logging in, please contact Julia Bannerman ([email protected]).

Note : If you want to change or correct your data entry for last year (2007-2008) please notify Julia Bannerman ([email protected] ).

  • Julia Bannerman
  • Director, Administrative and Support Unit
  • Planning and Assessment
  • Office of Institutional Effectiveness
  • 1001 One Park Place
  • Georgia State University