Skip to main content

SDSU Assessment Academy

Assessment Overview

Assessment at SDSU is focused on improving student learning through program/unit assessment. It is a collaborative process that includes faculty, students, staff, and administrators. A strong assessment program and culture will help make SDSU a competitive and innovative institution focused on student learning.

What is the Quality Initiative?

SDSU is Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accredited and an open pathway institution.  As part of the Open Pathway, SDSU is required to design and implement a Quality Initiative (QI) project during Years 5-9 of their accreditation cycle.  You can read more about the Quality Initiative on the HLC website.

For our QI project, we have elected to participate in an HLC facilitated program called Assessment Academy.

What is the SDSU Assessment Academy?

The SDSU Assessment Academy is a 3-year cohort model that has two primary goals.  First, the SDSU Assessment Academy is focused on helping programs and units to develop consistent, high-quality and sustainable program level assessment plans, which are used to make continuous improvements.  Second, the SDSU Assessment Academy expands the scope of assessment to include co-curricular activities and events.

Assessment Academy Goals

  1. Provide a theoretical and methodological foundation that will advance the assessment of student learning and success. This will include learning theories, methods and tools for data gathering.
  2. Provide assessment training, resources and on-going consultation based on research and best practices to facilitate continuous improvement and change.
  3. Build and empower campus leaders in the assessment of student learning and success.

Guiding Values/Principles

  1. Student-centered learning
  2. Transparency and accessibility
  3. Research-based practice
  4. Continuous improvement
  5. Accountability

Desired Participant Outcomes

  1. Identify and describe key elements of the assessment of student learning and success.
  2. Use knowledge, skills and best practices to create or modify student learning outcomes, establish curriculum maps, and design meaningful assessment.
  3. Update/identify/create assessment methods, metrics and procedures to capture student learning outcomes.
  4. Integrate program level assessment plan(s) using assessment management software for ease in access and reporting.
  5. Provide rationale for program assessment decisions.
  6. Integrate, reflect on and share the assessment process and results.
  7. Serve as an assessment champion.

Assessment Academy Overview

  • Opening Session - What does a strong culture of assessment look like?
  • Session 1 - Guiding Principles and Student Learning Outcomes
  • Session 2 - Cross-Curricular Skills, Transferable Skills and Co-curricular Domains
  • Session 3 - Assessment Design and Methods
  • Session 4 - Open Work Session (*Update Outcomes and Planning)
  • Session 5 - Closing the Loop and Cycle of Inquiry
  • Session 6 - Assessment Communication and Hot Topics in Assessment
  • Session 7 - Open Work Session

Assessment of Learning Showcase

Campus Labs Resources