SOAPs (Student Outcomes Assessment Plan)
Student Outcomes Assessment Plan (SOAP) Template
This template can be used as a guide to completing the SOAP and to assure that all components are included. Information can be entered directly into the MS Word document then it can be saved to your hard drive.
There are two versions, [v.MS Word 2010] works best with Mozilla Firefox while [v. MS Word 1997-2003] works with both IE and Mozilla Firefox. If you need assistance please email Marie Fernandez in OIE or call ext. 8-3906.
All Fresno State program SOAPs are available here.
Sample SOAP Components
Faculty members have asked what elements a SOAP should contain and what are some good examples. This model SOAP is a compilation of components drawn from various Fresno State program SOAPs to answer those questions.
Common Learning Goals, Outcomes, and Assessment Methods at Fresno State
The Most Common Learning Assessment Methods and Most Common Learning Goals and Outcomes tables are based on a review of the program SOAPs posted above. This information was compiled so that faculty can easily see which programs are assessing the same learning outcomes and which methods are being used. This information is intended to facilitate the sharing of resources and expertise. A contact list of Fresno State's Assessment Coordinators by program is available at this link.
Documenting Use of Results (Closing the Loop)
Faculty discussion and use of learning assessment findings is what makes doing assessment worthwhile. Documenting these results need not be extensive of time-consuming - yet is not only required but valuable for program review & accreditation and can be used for multiple purposes in addition to improving teaching, learning and the curriculum.
Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies
(Fran Pomaville, Assessment Coordinator, April 2011)
(Andrew Lawson, Department Chair, June 2011)
The SOAP Policy was approved by the Academic Senate in March 2000.
Program Review Policy (updated 2006)
Assessment of learning outcomes is an increasingly important part of Program Review. A SOAP that is being implemented and evidence that its findings are being used for improvement of curricula, instruction or program improvement is required. Click here to view Program Review Policy.