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Assessment and Accreditation

What is an assessment plan?

An assessment plan lists program learning outcomes, direct and indirect measures needed to measure the learning outcomes as well as logistics and timelines for collecting and reporting data. An assessment plan consists of two parts: a cover page with a list of program learning outcomes and an assessment grid.  It should be updated annually. 


What is an assessment report?

An assessment report is the execution of the assessment plan. Data is gathered, evaluated and reported for each learning outcome. Based on the results, faculty may recommend to make a change in teaching strategy, curriculum or evaluation, or faculty may continue with the same strategies for the next academic year. Data should be gathered throughout the academic year as appropriate. The assessment report is typically completed in the spring semester of each academic year.


What is an annual report?

The annual report is a narrative summary of a program beyond the assessment report. It demonstrates how individual programs align with academic strategic initiatives at MSU Billings. The report includes information that may not be included in the assessment report such as program resources, faculty scholarship activities, grant activities, career pathways and collaborations to serve students through student affairs. The annual report is completed in the spring semester of each academic year.


What is the assessment cycle?

The process begins with identifying learning outcomes on the mission and learning goals of the unit. Then the cycle of assessment planning, implementation and analysis occurs. The cycle can be described as three stages:

Stage 1—Assessment planning stage Programs in this stage are developing an assessment plan, but have not implemented the plan.

Stage 2—Assessment implementation stage Programs in this stage have completed Stage 1 and have begun or completed the collection of assessment information, but have not begun Stage 3.

Stage 3—Assessment analysis stage Degree programs in this stage have completed Stage 2 and are in the process or have completed the evaluation of assessment information and made curricular or pedagogical changes as necessary.


Why is program assessment important?

Program assessment is important because it allows us to reflect on our mission and what a student from a program will be able to know and do.  Through program assessment, we can better understand what we are doing well and areas where we can improve to better serve students. Assessment Reports are presented annually to the University Assessment and Accreditation Council, the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the City College Dean. Reports are also made available to various accreditation agencies for program review.


How can City College faculty map to the Assessment Shared Drive from a computer on campus?

- Click on the Start logo on the bottom left of the screen
- Right-click on Computer (for Windows 8, go to Folder icon on taskbar and right        click on Computer)
- Click on Map Network Drive
- Type \\msubillings.edu\cc\CC_Assessment in the folder path
 (all City College fulltime faculty have access to this folder)
-  Make sure to check the box by "Reconnect at logon"
- Click on Finish

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Annual Report
Assessment Plan
Assessment Report
 AY 2015-16

October - November:
Faculty assessment meetings

November 23:
AY 15-16 Assessment Plans due

Faculty Assessment meetings

April 22:
AY 15-16 Assessment Report Drafts due

May 13:
AY 15-16 Assessment Reports due

Assessment updates (Faculty Orientation)

2016 Tranforming Under-graduate STEM Education
Nov. 3-5
Boston, MA
2017 General Education & Assessment: Design Thinking for Student Learning
Feb. 23-25
Phoenix, AZ

2017 Association for Institutional Research Forum (AIR)
May 29-June 2
Washington, DC

2017 Institute on General Education and Assessment (AACU)
May 31-June 3
Chicago, IL

2017 Teaching for Competencies Using Performance Assessment
June 12-14
Milwaukee, WI

2016 Assessing What We Value: A Focus on Student Learning (AALHE) 
June 6-8
Milwaukee, WI

Livetext Assessment Webinars  (register)

Tk20 Assessment Webinars


Assessing Writing and Critical Thinking Skills

Assessment in CTE: Past, Present, Possible

Designing Quality Rubrics
Functionality Spotlight on Accreditation Management

Managing Assessment Data and Validating Meaningful Change

The Assessment System: Evaluating and Documenting Progress Over the Accreditation Cycle