Assessing Student Learning Outcomes

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

University Assessment Committee: Faculty and Staff from each college, school, department or program.  

Assessment of Student & Alumni Satisfaction: Division of Undergraduate Studies; Department of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment; Career Services Center; Division of Academic Affairs: Division of Student Affairs; Alumni and Constituency Relations.

Assessment of academic and student affairs units at Jackson State University is coordinated by and the responsibility of the Department of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment.

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) Establishes criteria for which measurement outcomes are assessed.  The Plan describes the evaluation process, including the measurable methods of evaluation, and criteria or standards for success on which measurable items are assessed. The Assessment Plan should include a timeline for completion of academic activities.

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. Assessment reports are expected every year.  

Assessment Annual Report

The Annual Assessment Report includes the results gathered during the academic year and the plans for usage of those results to improve student learning.

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 institutional review boards
  • Further refine the assessment methods or implement new assessment methods