Program Assessment

Dr. Carol McQuiggan, in the Faculty Center, and Dr. Janice Smith, in the Learning Center, oversee the compilation of program assessment data and offer multiple consultation opportunities at Penn State Harrisburg for annual reporting for Middle States Accreditation. The University’s website with resources for program assessment is located at Assessment of Student Learning at Penn State, and an ANGEL group is used for program assessment leaders. Please be in touch with either Carol or Janice for more information.

Some beginning resources for program assessment are provided here:
Connecting Program Goals to Existing Evidence Worksheet (for courses) – ProgramGoals_x_EvidenceWorksheet
Connecting Program Goals with Courses (grid example from Education) – Assessment_Grid09
Assessment Report Template – Assessment_Report_Template_2013
Suggested Best Practices for Assessment – Best Practices for Assessment UP Summary
Rubrics for Reviewing Assessment Reports – Rubrics_for_Evaluating_Program_Assessment_Plans

Teaching and Learning Assessment

Penn State’s Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence has several assessment resources available:

ANGEL: Using Assessments to Improve Teaching and Learning – download this PDF document to learn how to create and use assessments in ANGEL, Penn State’s course management system. One Knowledge Base article that is requested often is how to override ANGEL assessment delivery settings for specific students. The appendices are also valuable:

  • Appendix A: Summary of Best Practices
  • Appendix B: Assessment Interaction Settings
  • Appendix C: Question Types (Pros and Cons)
  • Appendix D: Sample Assessment Questions

Overview of test construction (Module 6 of Quantitative research methods in educational planning by John Izard)

Assessment of Learning Resources from The University of Texas at Austin This website provides methods of assessment, assessments to use during learning, assessments to use at the end of learning, question types, how to give and receive feedback on learning, and ideas on effective grading that includes rubrics.

Effective Assessment from the Teaching Effectiveness Program at the University of Oregon has sections on Learning Objectives, Ways to Assess Student Learning During Class, Using Student Feedback, Grading Rubrics, Writing Multiple-Choice Questions That Demand Critical Thinking, and Creating Successful Group Assignments.

Improving Multiple-Choice Tests – an IDEA Paper from Kansas State University that addresses strengths, limitations, and recommendations.

Improving Essay Tests – an IDEA Paper from Kansas State University that addresses strengths, limitations, test construction and scoring.

Rubrics – a collection of resources for creating rubrics and examples of rubrics

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