As part of the requirements for reaffirmation of accreditation, each department and program is to implement a full cycle assessment program for each of its undergraduate majors, graduate degree programs, and "free-standing" certificates (i.e. certificates that may enroll students who are not already enrolled in another Miami degree program).
Full cycle assessment is an ongoing, iterative process that uses results to inform decisions and make improvements. In order to improve, careful planning is necessary. Learning goals and outcomes must be clearly specified, appropriate measures must be selected, data collection must be carefully executed, and most importantly, results must be shared for improvements to occur.
Departments and programs should specify their full-cycle assessment programs in an assessment plan and report on progress made each year. Units that undergo accreditations by their professional organizations (e.g., ABET, NCATE) or are required to collect assessment data for their academic divisions (e.g., CAS Writing Outcomes Assessment) may use the assessment data collected for these processes so long as they comply with the HLC "full cycle" assessment requirement. Assessment plans and annual reports are evaluated each year by members of the University Assessment Council and more formally every 5-7 years as part of the department's academic program review.
Academic departments or programs that do not already have an assessment plan, wish to revise an existing plan, or need assistance in developing an annual assessment report, are encouraged to contact Carolyn Haynes, Associate Provost (firstname.lastname@example.org)