Assessment of Student Learning in Graduate and Professional Doctorate Programs

Over the past nine years, many of you have joined us at our Annual Assessment Workshops each May to assess student learning within colleges, departments, and programs. The goal of these workshops is to make assessment easier for faculty and to allow them to gain ideas from others on campus. As a team, the members of the graduate program will choose an assessment project that they would like to work on with colleagues and students.

What is the process?

  1. Figure out a question you have related to student learning at the graduate-level. If you want to participate but are wondering what to look at, reach out to a member of the Assessment team. We can help you brainstorm and give you a list of suggestions.
  2. Pull together 3-4 colleagues and, optionally, a graduate student.
  3. Once you have a plan and a team, fill out this quick form to RSVP. 
  4. Set up a consultation appointment so we can document your project description and outline.
  5. Start working on your presentation.

What do you get out of the workshop?

  1. Time to think, talk, and plan with your colleagues.
  2. A faculty stipend of $500.
    • If your group has a student participate, the faculty stipend is increased to $600. Students will receive a $150 gift card for their participation.
  3. Connectivity and collaboration with colleagues across the University.
  4. Help improve student learning across campus.

What will the workshop look like?

Teams will intially meet on their own starting the second week of April to begin work on their presentation. They will also  meet with consultants as needed to help with clarification and any questions that teams may have.

The assessment workshop will be held in person over three days in May during the week after graduation. The tentative agenda is:

  • Days 1 and 2: Teams will continue to meet on their own to finalize their presentations and meet with consultants as needed.
  • Day 3: Presentations to other teams showing data discussed, conclusions reached,  action items, next steps, and action items for higher levels past the department.