What is the Annual Assessment Update?

Ideally, every degree program systematically collects data, year after year, in an effort to continually improve. The annual assessment update is an opportunity for a degree program to demonstrate how it is collecting, using, and reporting student- and program-level assessment data and to receive feedback on the effectiveness of those efforts. The efforts put forth in the annual assessment update are intended to be used for multiple purposes, not limited to a single, annual compliance endeavor. Assessment data that is collected and used as part of the annual assessment update process can be further used in developing the status report (which is completed midway through the 8-year program review cycle) and for program review. What matters most in the annual assessment update process is that actual data is effectively collected, used, and reported to drive program improvement.

Formative feedback is provided on the quality of the assessments, the quality of the student learning outcomes, the effective reporting of the results of data collection (i.e., real evidence from the assessments), and the effective use of the results in making continuous program improvements. Formative feedback is intended to provide guidance on the overall effectiveness of the assessment process, noting areas of both strengths and areas in need of improvement. As the degree program and the institution evolve, so will the assessment program and assessment processes.

Forms, samples, and previous years reports are provided below.

Annual Assessment Update Form

Annual Assessment Update Directions and Template [MS Word 2013] DUE MAY 22, 2015

Annual Assessment Update Sample [MS Word 2013]

Annual Assessment Update Feedback Checklist/Rubric [MS Word 2013]

Annual Assessment Update Reports

2013-14

In progress

2012-13

All NIU Degree Programs Annual Assessment Update Report

Graduate Degree Programs Annual Assessment Update Report

2011-12

All NIU Degree Programs Annual Assessment Update Report

Graduate Degree Programs Annual Assessment Update Report

2010-11

All NIU Degree Programs Annual Assessment Update Report

Graduate Degree Programs Annual Assessment Update Report

2009-10

All NIU Degree Programs Annual Assessment Update Report

Graduate Degree Programs Annual Assessment Update Report

2008-09

All NIU Degree Programs Annual Assessment Update Report 

Graduate Degree Programs Annual Assessment Update Report

Annual Assessment Update Discussion Paper - Faculty/Staff feedback from the 2008-2009 Report

2007-08

All NIU Degree Programs Annual Assessment Update Report

Graduate Degree Programs Annual Assessment Update Report (extracted from main report)

2006-07

All NIU Degree Programs Annual Assessment Update Report