Learning Assessment at UMUC
The University of Maryland University College began developing a systemic process to assess student learning across the university curriculum in 2001. A first draft of an institutional plan was developed and distributed in May 2002. Following revision of the draft, a final version of an institutional plan was approved in December 2003. The approved plan was developed by the Office of the Provost under the guidance of the Research Steering Committee. The plan is revised annually each December.
The Institutional Plan for the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes establishes an overarching framework for all student learning assessment activities. The framework describes key units within the university with responsibility for the assessment of student learning outcomes, assigns the core learning areas of the Undergraduate School and the Graduate School, and details the timeline for implementation of the learning assessment plan. The Office of Evaluation and Assessment is charged with ensuring implementation of the Institutional Plan for the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes.
In addition to the Institutional Plan for the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes, UMUC's Undergraduate School and Graduate School adhere to school-level plans that address the knowledge, skills, and dispositions expected of graduates from the respective schools/programs. The school-level plans describe the unique approach to student learning assessment based upon the individual school missions and academic programs.
The institutional-level plan and school-level plans are evolving documents under continuous review and improvement. Data collected on the core learning areas and feedback on the ongoing process of assessing student learning are reviewed and incorporated into revisions of all planning documents. The desired outcome of all plans is that UMUC creates a visible culture of learning assessment throughout the institution.