Assessment of Student Learning in Undergraduate Programs at the University of Florida
At the University of Florida, the assessment of student learning is an essential component of all degree programs. Student Learning Outcomes are specific statements of what students will know and be able to do at the completion of their program. Student Learning Outcomes address three domains – Content Knowledge, Critical Thinking, and Communication. Members of the program faculty develop Student Learning Outcomes for each undergraduate program. They annually assess outcomes, collect, analyze, and interpret assessment data, and use these results to modify the programs when appropriate.
Academic Assessment Plans are an essential component of the University of Florida’s assessment process for measuring student learning in the undergraduate academic programs. In these plans, faculty members address the following components of their assessment processes:
- Mission alignment. In this section of the plan, faculty members describe how the mission of their academic program supports the mission of their department, college, and the university.
- Student Learning Outcomes. This section presents the program’s Student Learning Outcomes by category. Student Learning Outcomes are also in the undergraduate catalog under Academic Learning Compacts.
- Curriculum Map. In the curriculum map, faculty members describe the distribution of the assessments across the program. Using a matrix, they indicate where and in which courses the program’s student learning outcomes are introduced, reinforced, and assessed. When appropriate, they also list other assessments that are used to measure student learning.
- Assessment Cycle. In this section, faculty members describe the periodicity and frequency of the student learning outcome assessments. Assessment cycles can range from one to three years in length.
- Methods and Procedures. Here, faculty members describe the assessment methods and procedures they use to measure student learning in the program. Most of the plans also present a sample grading rubric used to assess one of the student learning outcomes.
- Assessment Oversight. This section presents the contact information for the faculty and staff who are responsible for the assessment plan and its implementation.
Sample Undergraduate Academic Assessment Plan
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Note: Current Academic Assessment Plans are in Compliance Assist!. To request a copy of a plan from a previous year, contact Ann Greene.
Undergraduate Academic Assessment Plan Resources
Recommended Assessment Sample Sizes for Academic Programs
Student Learning Outcome Resources
Data Reporting Resources
Required Data Reports
All UF assessment units must provide a data report for the previous academic year annually on or before the second Friday in October. Academic programs - undergraduate, graduate, professional, and certificate - are required to report on their program goals and student learning outcomes.
Data Reporting Templates
To comply with UF reporting requirements, all units must enter their data into Compliance Assist! using the following guides.
Data Entry Guide for Student Learning Outcomes
Data Entry Guide for Academic Program Goals
The Planning and Reporting Cycle for Academic Assessment Plans
Starting with the 2014-15 planning cycle, all Academic Assessment Plans are housed in Compliance Assist!, the university's planning and reporting software program. Data reports for all programs are due the second Friday in October for the previous academic year. Academic Assessment Plans are due on the last Friday in February for the next academic year so the Academic Assessment Committee can take action in time to update the catalog with any changes.
All Academic Assessment Plans will be available for modification at any time after the second Friday in October through the due date in February of the following year. The chart belows provides the due dates for data reports and plans through 2017-18.
Calendar/Due Dates for Academic Assessment Plans
*Plans may be submitted in Compliance Assist! at any time during the planning and development period.
In addition to managing the annual submission of Academic Assessment Plans and Data Reports, beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, all academic units (colleges) must submit Institutional Effectiveness data reports. This combined calendar presents the due dates for Institutional Effectiveness and Academic Assessment Plans and Data Reports.