Academic Department Assessment

Assessment of Academic Departments includes investigations of student learning in both academic and co-curricular programs.  An ongoing, 5-step assessment process includes the following steps:

  1. Articulate Learning Objectives,
  2. Collect Information,
  3. Review Findings,
  4. Report Results, and
  5. Use the information for Improvement.

Departmental Planning

Department Plan Template: This plan should include information about the department, goals/objectives tied to the institutional strategic plan, and student learning outcomes information. Once a department creates its department plan, they are to revisit it at a minimum of annually and update it as needed.  Their review should be done at key points of the college life cycle such as an updated self-study (Middle States and program accreditation) as well as when the college updates its strategic plan. We suggest you review this document in the early fall of each academic year to ensure your designated SLO's are reviewed and appropriate goals/objectives information is updated.  

Review your departmental plan by September 26, 2022.

If you have changed your plan please email it to and it will be uploaded for you.


Departmental Reflection

The annual Academic Department Assessment Reports are submitted annually by department chairs to the college dean.  The college dean submits a college summary report to the ESVP of Academic Affairs/Provost annually. 

  1. Each department chair or program director will receive a custom template with relevant data included.
  2. First share which student learning outcomes are on your schedule for evaluation by June 1st.
  3. Second, complete the report after the assessment of your SLOs and departmental goals by Sept 26th.

This year, the chair reports are due to the deans by September 26, 2022, and from the deans to the provost by October 14, 2022.

Let our office know when your report is complete by emailing us at


Five Year Program Review

Academic Five Year Program Review Template 2022-23: The typical cycle for academic program review is every 5 years. EPC will alert department chairs as their year of participation approaches. Academic Departments that are participating in program review should send program review reports to the EPC chair by September 30th of the academic year of their review. The report will be reviewed by a subcommittee of EPC.  This feedback will be provided to the department chair for their review during the academic year.  Once the review is completed the report is shared with the appropriate Academic Dean and the SVPAA for follow-up and planning.

Click here for the 5-Year Program Review Schedule.



Learning Goal Alignment Maps