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 enhancing student learning with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of the undergraduate and graduate programs. Our continuous improvement model facilitates the development of our graduates through the engagement of students, faculty and external stakeholders.
Our model clearly articulates our expectations by setting high standards for learning quality then systematically gathering, analyzing, interpreting data, reporting the results, and making improvements.
The Manning School of Business has developed a comprehensive model for Assurance of Learning (AOL). The model includes the collaboration of multiple committees involved in this critical process. Representatives from each of the program areas, along with the Associate Dean, form this committee. Through the setting of schedules for the assessments and completing the initial evaluation of the results, the committee oversees the learning outcome assessment process and maintenance of the curriculum mapping documents. At the undergraduate level, they coordinate with the UMass Lowell Essential Learning Outcomes Committee to harmonize the assessment schedule and report institutional trends to the college.
Once this committee has analyzed the learning outcome assessment data, they share the results with the faculty, and in particular the departments, for consideration of appropriate interventions and implementation options. The assessment committee will also share recommendations with the curriculum innovation committee which is tasked with monitoring and benchmarking Manning core business curriculum against our competitor, peer, and aspirant peer schools. The curriculum innovation committee focuses on the integration of concepts across curricula and interdisciplinary opportunities that will support our learning outcomes.