Institutional-Level Assessment Steps

There are multiple steps in the assessment of institutional-level outcomes and WASC Core Competencies. Follow the steps below and click on each one to find out more information: 

  • Step 1: Identify Outcome to be Assessed
    • The timeline for assessing the Institutional-level assessment timeline of each Core Competency was established in 2019 through the Assessment Advisory Committee.
    • Please refer to the General Core Competency Assessment Timeline for information on when each Competency will be assessed.
  • Step 2: Gather Evidence of Student Achievement of Outcome
    • Each quarter, an email will be sent out to all faculty teaching courses relevant to the Core Competency being assessed that year with instructions on how to submit student work for the assessment.
    • The Director of Evaluation and Assessment will reach out to members of the UCR community for indirect data to inform the assessment.
  • Step 3: Put Together the Team
    • Senate will request faculty to participate on the assessment team for that year.
    • The Director of Evaluation and Assessment will seek out staff with subject matter expertise to join the team. For example, UCR librarians will support the assessment of Information Literacy.
    • In total, the team will comprise of approximately 10 Senate faculty and staff including the Director of Evaluation and Assessment.
  • Step 4: Assess the Evidence
    • The team will assess a random sample of student work using a common rubric, such as the AAC&U VALUE Rubrics.
  • Step 5: Analyze the Evidence
    • The Director of Evaluation and Assessment will gather the scores from each member of the team and analyze them for trends.
    • The Director of Evaluation and Assessment will analyze the indirect data gathered regarding the outcome being assessed to inform the findings from the assessment of student work.
    • The findings from the analyses will be compiled in a report.
  • Step 6: Share Results
    • The results will be shared with the team to confirm findings.
    • The results, after confirmation with the team, will be shared with UCR Leadership.
  • Step 7: Using What We Have Learned
    • The Director of Evaluation and Assessment will work with the UCR community to develop next steps and help to implement them. Of primary importance to this step in the process will the Faculty Senate and the committees deemed most relevant to the outcome being assessed.

Institutional-Level Assessment Diagram

The diagram below visually shows the steps in the Institutional-level assessment reporting process:

Institutional-Level Assessment Process Diagram