Level of Assessment
The relationship between assessment at the course, program, and institutional level is shown in Figure 1:
Figure 1: Course vs. Program vs. Institutional Assessment.
- Each row in Figure 1 represents a different level of assessment - assessment within an individual course, within a program, or within an institution. Each column asks an important assessment question - Who is assessing? What is assessed? For what purpose?
- In course assessment, a single instructor examines a student's paper or product for the purposes of student grading and improving student learning.
- In program or sequence assessment, a group of faculty members look across a program of study by collecting a sample of student products for the purpose of improving the program or sequence.
- In institutional assessment, a group of faculty members and administrators examine summaries of program assessment and gather institutional-level data for the purposes of institutional improvement and accountability.