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Resources and Assessment Toolkit

5 Step Process of Assessment & Evaluation

Assessment is considered a 5-step cycle in Student Affairs. Each part of the cycle takes time and effort and we've provided some resources to help you with this process.

Step 1: Develop/refine assessment plan

Outcomes can be differentiated into levels: the division, unit, program, and activity. Each of these levels of operation can and should have their own outcomes.

In each of these levels of operation, there are two types of outcomes: Learning Outcomes and Process Outcomes:

  • Learning Outcomes focus on what the students should be learning (e.g., public speaking).
  • Process Outcomes emphasize what metrics of operation each unit should be meeting (e.g., efficiency).

learning outcome

Below are some resources to help you with this process.

Familiarizing Yourself with the Division

Identifying Unit-level Outcomes

Unit-level outcomes allow units to focus their resources and efforts and articulate their goals. Workshops thus far have delved into student learning outcomes on a program and activity level. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to draft and receive feedback from your colleagues on unit-level outcomes.

Writing Your Own Outcomes

Step 2: Identify outcome/question of interest

Student Affairs units are required to align their unit-level outcomes with their programs. This will assist in the planning of conducting assessment that is strategic, efficient, and meaningful

outcome map

Blank Outcome Map Template (PDF)

Blank Assessment Schedule (PDF)

Step 3: Collect evidence

There are different ways that assessment can be collected.Qualtrics is a robust online survey-building tool that is highly customizable and easy to use.

Qualtrics is now available to UC San Diego faculty, staff and students.

Survey Resources

Rubric Resources

Analyzing Data

Baseline provides useful tools to analyze your survey and rubric results. In Baseline you can:

  • Input rubric observation results and see how the group performed on each metric.
  • Conduct analysis using cross-tabs and filters.
  • Report your results using graphics and charts.

Step 4: Analyze and interpret data

More info coming soon

Step 5: Use assessment findings

More info coming soon

Learn More

Additional assessment resources: Assessment websites, collected data, books, articles, and more.