Historically, the Deans' Reports on Assessment provided an overview of assessment efforts within each college but a lack of template resulted in inconsistent information across programs being shared making it difficult to have a comprehensive understanding of assessment at WMU. As a result, the report format was re-evaluated by the UASC in 2015 for future submissions with recommendations made by the associate deans to streamline the process and ensure the data was relevant and actionable and a template was created. The template, (and resulting reports), moved from being an overview to one where each program could share outcomes described through the entire assessment cycle.
The process was reviewed again in 2018, leading to significant improvements, such as expanding to include assessing learner support unit assessment plans. This new 'culture of assessment' report asked departments/units to share their goals, learning outcomes, activities, measured progress, and to describe data-informed changes made based on assessment results. The new process and template focused on providing quantitative data to inform and measure assessment practices institutionally, the development of a four-point rubric to evaluate each submission, and methods to provide direct and personalized feedback on each report submitted.
The current practice, determined by the UASC, was to ask for a report on assessment of student learning outcomes activities every third year for the academic colleges and each of their programs. The UASC is reviewing this practice to include the learner support units and to develop a schedule that will align with program review and other reporting requests across campus in order to streamline the process. The intent is to develop and finalize a new schedule in the fall of 2021.