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We apply the results of assessment to improve student learning and unit-level effectiveness.

Assessment consists of four essential steps:

  • setting goals
  • developing and implementing strategies
  • reviewing findings
  • acting on what we've learned to improve outcomes.

No matter what we're assessing—an academic program, a single course, a co-curricular program or a unit's contributions to University-wide goals—we use the results to improve student learning and unit-level effectiveness.

All UB learning outcomes at every level are consistent with and derived from a set of learning goals established by the UB Faculty Senate in 2011 and are listed in the Assessment Handbook.

The Core Assessment Team

The Core Assessment Team guides assessment at UB. The associate provost for institutional effectiveness leads the team, which includes representatives from each of UB's four schools/colleges, student affairs and all nonacademic units as well as the director of institutional research.

Goals

  • strengthen the quality of student learning outcomes
  • strengthen the use of evidence to enhance programs and to make programmatic decisions
  • provide forums for continually using and sharing data
  • provide ongoing opportunities to enhance assessment skills for all faculty and staff
  • develop an academic community that strives for evidence-based improvement
  • capitalize on UB's capacity to provide students with distinctive programs

Academic Program Review

The University System of Maryland requires academic programs to be reviewed every seven years; cycles may be adjusted with approval to accommodate program accreditation schedules or other similar situations. Learn more and access the template for UB program reviews.

Student Learning Outcomes

Taskstream

Taskstream helps UB programs and units manage content, resources and communication for all aspects of the assessment process.

If you have login credentials for this online platform, you can access it through the MyUB portal.

Learn more about Taskstream and read our tips.

These programs have provided exemplary assessment findings:

Learning outcomes are statements of what students are expected to know or to be able to do after they have engaged in a learning activity. Learning outcome statements typically are expressed as knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors or values. Assessment of student learning occurs at the program and course levels as well as in units outside of academic affairs. All UB learning outcomes at every level are consistent with and derived from a set of learning goals established by the UB Faculty Senate in 2011.

Last Published 1/20/17