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Spheres of Assessment

The assessment plan is organized by spheres of activity---some addressing broad institutional goals and others targeting specific discipline goals. The spheres of activity are connected such that the outcomes and processes from one level should map to or support goals at other levels, e.g., course goals should support program goals. In all cases, a cyclic process is proposed such that the achievement of stated learning goals is evaluated through a number of direct and indirect measures, and the outcome is used to make decisions, or to guide the further development of programs.(institutional level, general education program, cocurricular programs, academic programs, and course level