Assessment at Fresno State
The assessment of student learning, student development, and program outcomes is essential to the health and vitality of academic programs at California State University, Fresno. The primary purpose of assessment at the course, program, and institutional level is to further student engagement and student learning. However, assessment results are also used by programs to advance student learning through improved instruction and curricula. Accreditation agencies for various professional areas as well as the institution itself all have assessment standards that require the connection of student performance to a program’s stated mission, goals, and outcomes.
Planning at the programmatic level to assess student learning outcomes is reflected in the program’s Student Outcomes Assessment Plan (SOAP) which should be maintained at the department/program level and should be updated periodically to reflect assessment activities and results and changing circumstances.
Since every academic program has a SOAP, and has carried out on-going assessment, the emphasis now is on how programs can use assessment results in order to either demonstrate that student's are achieving the designated learning outcomes or to make adjustments to the curriculum and program in order to assist student's in achieving proficiency in the required learning outcomes. Program level assessment is also directly connected to institutional values and outcomes which can be reviewed by clicking on the link below.
Director of Assessment at Fresno State
If you have any questions, especially while revising your department SOAP or while planning and implementing assessment activities please e-mail the Director of Assessment, Dr. Melissa Jordine (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dr. Melissa Jordine has accepted an appointment to serve as the Director of Assessment, effective August 2016 and continuing through August of 2018, while continuing as a Professor in the Department of History. She has served as the Department of History and the College of Social Sciences assessment coordinator, is a graduate of the WASC Assessment Leadership Academy and was the faculty lead in the successfully completed WASC review.
Learning Assessment Team and College Assessment Coordinators
The Learning Assessment Team (LAT), formed in 2009, aims to strengthen outcomes assessment across the campus. The LAT reviews all major assessment reports on an annual basis. In 2015 and 2016, the coordinator of this team communicated with departments regarding their reports. Members also provide an overview of the status of programs' assessment to the Deans and Provost and departments on the status of programs' assessment. The first annual assessment conference was held in February 2016 and the LAT will be involved in the planning and implementation of subsequent assessment conferences at Fresno State.
College Assessment Coordinators: In Spring 2013, the Provost, Vice-Provost and Deans worked to together to create College Assessment Coordinator positions. One faculty member in each College was designated to work with every department to facilitate the planning and implementation of annual assessment activities. All of the College Assessment Coordinators have also served on committees focused on developing and implementing specific ways to assess the WASC Core Competencies at Fresno State. Past and current college assessment coordinators include Dr. Douglas Fraleigh, Dr. Kara Zografos, Dr. Eric Person, Dr. Ray Hall, Dr. Katie Dyer, Dr. Dave Tyckoson, and Dr. Ignacio Hernandez.
Presidents' Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability
In 2011, Fresno State joined the Presidents' Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability. Members of this national initiative commit to gathering, reporting on, and using evidence to improve student learning. Fresno State data, research, assessment, and evaluation information and reports can be seen throughout the OIE website.