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Program Assessment

Program assessment refers to the process of gathering and using evidence about cumulative student learning to help guide improvements to academic programs. The goal of the process is to provide faculty in every department, opportunities to define knowledge, abilities, skills, habits of mind, and attitudes they expect graduates of each of our degree and/or certificate programs to be able to demonstrate once students have completed a set of courses as well as other related/required educational experiences in their majors or disciplines. Programs should use findings from the assessment process to develop and implement action plans aimed at continuous enhancement of student learning and improvement of academic programs. At the University of Oklahoma, all academic degree programs (Bachelors, Masters, Doctorates, and Professional) engage in program assessment. As content area experts who develop and implement curriculum in each discipline, faculty are the principal drivers of assessment.

All degree and/or certificate programs at OU are required to submit an assessment report annually to the Office of Academic Assessment via TracDat (OU’s official repository for program assessment information). The documentation of program assessment activities is based on a simple 4-step process as shown below: