Assessing Student Learning Outcomes

Who is responsible for assessing student learning and outcomes at JSU?

Program Outcomes Assessment: Faculty members and administrative leaders within each college, school, department, or program.

Entry-Level Assessment: Division of Undergraduate Studies; Testing and Assessment Office.

General Education Assessment: General Education Committee.

Assessment of Student & Alumni Satisfaction: Division of Undergraduate Studies; Office of Institutional Research; Career Services Center; Student Life.

Assessment of academic and student life units at Jackson State University is coordinated by and the responsibility of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Life.

Assessment Plan

Every JSU degree program, academic support and student service department must have an assessment plan that describes expected student learning outcomes and the methods used to evaluate student achievement of those outcomes.

The Student Learning and Outcomes Assessment Plan: (1) Articulates student knowledge and performance expectations relative to degree completion, professional and personal development (2) Identifies appropriate tools for evaluating the extent to which students are achieving those outcomes; and (3) Describes how faculty and support staff will act on the resulting information.  The Plan describes the evaluation process and how the results will be used for continuous program improvement. The Assessment Plan should also include a timeline.

Should assessment be done every year?

Assessment in academic and support units should be ongoing.  The frequency of the assessment should reflect a commitment to the assessment process.

Annual assessment reports are requested every year, but the timetable for doing assessments should be established in the academic and support units’ STUDENT LEARNING AND OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT PLAN.  The Assessment Plan may be established so that some assessment methods are conducted in alternate years or some assessment methods take several years to complete.  Academic and support programs with very small enrollments may benefit from assessment plans that are established with alternate- or multiple-year timetables for implementation.

Assessment Annual Report

The Annual Report describes the program outcomes assessments that have been conducted in the previous year and how the resulting information has been used.

Some Uses of Assessment Results

  • Change course content
  • Add/Delete courses or change course sequence
  • Change degree requirements
  • Change emphasis for new or vacant faculty positions
  • Facilitate curriculum discussions at faculty meetings, curriculum committee meetings, and faculty retreats
  • Guide changes in degree programs and develop new degree programs options
  • Justify past curriculum changes and to show program improvement resulting from those changes
  • Change advising processes
  • Develop academic services for students
  • Develop new career exploration and career services for students
  • Change student academic facilities such as computer labs, science labs, and study areas
  • Develop program-based websites to provide students with academic and program information
  • Share assessment information with alumni and industrial review boards
  • Further refine the assessment methods or implement new assessment methods