What is Program Assessment?
Program assessment can mean different things to different people and in different contexts. In the Manning School of Business, assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of the undergraduate and graduate programs and thereby producing the strongest graduates possible.
We want to make our expectations explicit and public; setting high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting the data and then reporting the results.
The Assurance of Learning Model
The Manning School of Business has developed a comprehensive model for Assurance of Learning (AOL). The model includes the collaboration of multiple committees that engage in this critical process. The Assessment Committee is responsible for managing the outcomes assessment process. This committee is made up of the Associate Dean and a representative from each of the program areas. This group sets the schedule for assessments and complete the initial evaluation of the results from the learning outcome assessment process. At the undergraduate level, they interact with the UMass Lowell Essential Learning Outcomes Committee to harmonize the assessment schedule and report institutional trends to the School.
Once this committee has analyzed the learning outcome assessment data, they share the summary results with the faculty, and in particular the departments, for consideration of appropriate implementation options for the recommendations. The assessment committee will also share recommendations with the curriculum committee which is tasked with monitoring and benchmarking Manning core business curriculum against our competitor, peer, and aspirant peer schools. The curriculum committee focuses on the integration of concepts across curricula and interdisciplinary opportunities that will support our learning outcomes.
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