Penn State University participates in annual assessment of its certificate and degree programs to satisfy Middle States accreditation requirements and to invest in continuous improvement. In 2016, the University established an Office of Learning Outcomes Assessment (LOA) to oversee and support all Penn State units in assessing academic programs. The LOA Office website is the official source of information on assessment at Penn State.
In the College of Information Sciences and Technology, we participate in assessment of more than 15 certificate and degree programs, ranging from World Campus certificates to online and residential undergraduate and graduate degrees. The College committees responsible for overseeing College program assessment are the Undergraduate Advisory Committee (UAC) and Graduate Advisory Council (GAC).
The College’s Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Academic Affairs (GUAA) facilitates the assessment process by bringing faculty together to determine the best way to answer real questions about students’ attainment of program learning objectives. The GUAA Office works closely with disciplinary coordinators for each of the College’s undergraduate majors, lead faculty for each online graduate program, the director of our residential graduate programs, the deans for education, and faculty who are teaching courses of interest. Together, they craft a plan at the end of each spring semester and collect according evidence of student learning throughout the following academic year.
Resources for the assessment process (e.g., common rubrics, template planning documents, and example program assessment reports) and current planning documents for the College reside in Box. If you are not able to access the materials in Box, or if you want more information on current or past College of IST assessment plans, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.