Oregon State University values the autonomy of each academic unit; their expertise is vital to establishing the standards of competence for students in their discipline. To demonstrate this, each year all undergraduate and graduate programs submit an Annual Assessment Report documenting the assessment of student learning outcomes. Findings from the Reports help academic programs evaluate student learning outcomes and inform program improvements, specifically efforts to advance student achievement. Additionally, to be accredited, OSU must demonstrate our students are learning and that our curricula and pedagogy are responsive to full-cycle assessments.

The Assessment and Accreditation team provides structure, support, and guidance to the OSU community for assessment by:

  • Providing guidance on developing clear, measurable student learning outcomes for all programs.
  • Working with academic units to develop and implement high quality program-level assessment plans.
  • Providing structure and support for completing the Annual Assessment Report.
  • Working with programs to develop rubrics to measure outcomes and document improvements.
  • Supporting programs as they evaluate the effectiveness of changes that they have implemented and will reevaluate.
  • Working with the Faculty Senate Baccalaureate Core Committee to assess courses in the Baccalaureate Core.
  • Collaborating with units during the comprehensive Academic Unit Assessment evaluation process.

Program Requirements & Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate, graduate, and certificate program requirements and learning outcomes are listed in the Academic Catalog, and many programs also post student learning outcomes on their websites. To find overviews, requirements, and learning outcomes go to Programs and select the program of interest. University-wide, Faculty Senate approved Graduate Learning Outcomes are listed at Outcomes Assessment of Graduate Programs. Please consult this handout developed from Bloom’s revised taxonomy in order to develop or revise program learning outcomes. Program Learning Outcomes need to be consistent across all locations and modalities.

Program Assessment

Baccalaureate Core Assessment

Submitting Annual Assessment Reports

The program faculty responsible for submitting assessment reports have responsibilities that are detailed in this assessment lead description.

For additional information, questions or help with assessment, please contact JoAnne Bunnage, Assistant Vice Provost, Assessment and Accreditation, Kristin Nagy Catz, Director of Assessment or Heath Henry, Assessment Coordinator.