Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Baker University Mission

Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.

Baker University’s commitment to student learning and academic excellence is reflected in a university-wide system of assessment. The assessment of student learning helps Baker to maintain the quality of learning experiences that it provides for students. Assessment processes provide continuous and critical feedback about student progress that can be used to refine pedagogy and curriculum in ways that better support student learning and enhance student achievement.

Baker reports specific information about student outcomes and assessment of student learning at each school or college. The following links provide an overview of student outcomes for students in these programs:

University Fact Book

The Baker University Fact Book is an annual compilation of university data and serves as a resource to the Baker University community as well as the public at large. Included within its analyses are data regarding program admission, enrollment, retention and completion for all academic programs within the university. 

View the University Fact Book.

Student Learning Assessment Policies & Procedures

Following are the expectations for assessment of student learning at Baker and descriptions of the general processes and procedures surrounding assessment at all levels of the university.

Definitions

Academic unit: This is an established school or college within Baker University that has a defined administrative structure.

Academic program: An identified course of study, generally contained within a specific academic unit. Examples of academic programs include degree programs, academic majors and minors, areas of concentration, certificate programs.

Assessment evidence: Collected and examined at the aggregate level, assessment evidence can be quantitative or qualitative, direct or indirect evidence that assesses the degree to which students in a particular academic program or course are meeting the student learning outcomes established for that program or course.

Assessment plan: An assessment plan clearly states the student learning outcomes for an academic program. In addition, the plan identifies curricular elements that are intended to deliver those learning outcomes and specifies the assessment evidence collected for every student learning outcome.

Student learning outcomes: Student learning outcomes are specific and measurable descriptions of what students should know and be able to do after completing a specific academic program or course.

UAC PEOA Committee: The University Academic Council Program Evaluation and Outcomes Assessment Committee is a university-wide committee responsible for oversight of all student learning assessment activities at Baker University.

Expectations & Responsibilities for Academic Program Assessment

Each academic unit is responsible for maintaining an active program of student learning assessment that includes all academic programs available to students within the academic unit. Assessment programs in each unit should conform to best practice in the assessment of student learning and will include the following elements:

  • A written description of the assessment program made available to all faculty members and to the UAC PEOA Committee
  • Clearly defined, measurable student learning outcomes for each academic program (Student learning outcomes should be published in the university catalog along with the description of the academic program.)
  • Developed assessment plans for each academic program
  • Annual reporting of assessment results for each academic program that include the following:
    • Assessment evidence reviewed as part of the particular academic program’s assessment plan (All program student learning outcomes should be reviewed at a minimum within a three-year cycle.)
    • Evaluation of the assessment evidence by program faculty
    • Use of assessment evidence to make decisions regarding changes in the program in order to enhance effective student learning
  • A defined process of academic program review
    • Each academic program should be reviewed no greater than every five years.
    • Assessment of student learning should have a central role in the program review process.
  • An administrative structure that provides support and guidance for all academic program assessment efforts with the academic unit

The deans of the individual academic units are responsible for forwarding annual assessment reports and program review outcomes reports to the UAC PEOA Committee for repository on SharePoint (or similar data storage) in order to provide community-wide access to data related to student learning.

Endorsed by the University Academic Council (UAC) on May 1, 2012