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UAS Program Groups & Degree-Major Programs
SchoolDepartmentProgram GroupDegree-Major CodesCurrent Program Assessment Plan - Last UpdatedAssessment Annual Report(s)Five-Year Review
Last ReviewNext Review
Arts & SciencesBusiness & Public AdministrationBusiness AdministrationOEC ACCO/FINI, Cert. ACTT/SMBM, AAS BADM, BBA BADMAY18/AY18AY 2020AY22AY27
Public AdministrationMPA PADMAY18AY 2020AY22AY27
HumanitiesEnglishBA ENGLAY16AY 2021AY21AY26
GeographyBA GEOSAY 18AY 2019AY 17Spec.
Liberal ArtsOEC NWCA, BLA LART (ANLS/INDP/INDS/ODAS/PMLA)AY 21AY 2021AY18AY23
Outdoor StudiesCert. ODSAY15AY 2021AY21AY26
Natural SciencesBiologyBA PBIA/BIOA, BS PMBI/BIOL/PMMB/MBIO/FISHAY18AY 2021AY19AY24
Environmental Science;  Environmental ResourcesBS ENVS / BS ENREAY 21AY 2021AY24AY24
MathematicsBS MATHAY17AY 2021AY19AY24
Social SciencesSocial ScienceBA SOCSAY12 Addendum  Addendum 2AY 2021AY 20AY25
Associate of Arts & GERsAA GENP & GERsAY18AY 2020AY 20AY25
Associate of ScienceAS GSCIAY20AY 2020AY18AY23
Career EducationCareer EducationConstruction TechnologyOEC CNST/BERT, Cert. DRFT, AAS CNSTAY 21AY 2021AY19AY24
Fisheries TechnologyOEC FIST, Cert. FIST, AAS FISTAY18AY 2021AY21AY26
Marine TransportationOEC MRTR, AAS MTRAY18AY 2021AY21AY26
Maritime/Multi-Skilled WorkerWorkforce CredentialNot RequiredNot Required--
Medical AssistingCert. MASTAY18AY 2021AY 18AY23
WeldingOEC WLDGNot RequiredNot Required--
Health Info. Mgmt.OEC HIT, Cert HEAP/HIMP, AAS HIMTAY18 AY 2021AY21AY26
Health ScienceOEC CNA, Cert. NURN/PRDT, AAS HEALAY18AY 2020AY18AY23
MiningWorkforce CredentialNot RequiredNot Required--
Law EnforcementOEC LAWNNot RequiredNot RequiredAY18AY23
Power TechnologyOEC POWT, AAS POWTAY18AY 2021AY21AY26
EducationEducationEducational LeadershipMED EDLDAY17AY 2021AY18AY23
Education ReadingGLI ERED, MED EDREAY17AY 2021AY19AY24
Elementary Ed. (Undergrad.)BA BAELAY17AY 2021AY22AY27
Elementary Ed. (Graduate)GLI EEED, MAT ELEDAY17AY 2021AY21AY26
Secondary EducationGLI EESC, MAT SCEDAY17AY 2021AY21AY26
Special EducationBA SPED, GLI ESPE, MAT SPED, MED SPEDAY17AY 2021AY18AY23

Assessment of academic programs is a best practice in higher education... Assessment is an ongoing process designed to monitor and improve student learning. Faculty explicitly define what they want students to learn, verify that the curriculum is designed to foster that learning, collect empirical data that indicate the extent of the learning, and use the data to improve the program.

Allen, M. J. (2006). Assessing general education programs. Bolton, Mass: Anker Pub. Co. p. 1.

Comprehensive program assessment plans are needed for all UAS certificate, associate, bachelor, and master’s degree programs.

Generally, it is the combination of courses the students have taken to degree completion.  The emphasis is NOT on the individual courses. The assessment plan does not assess general education courses and developmental courses, but is focused on the learning outcomes of an overall degree or certificate program.

Graduate Student Competencies were adopted by the Graduate Curriculum Committee in Spring 2008. However, it is expected that undergraduate competencies will be reflected in graduate students skills and behaviors. 

Assessment vocabulary and definitions vary throughout the academic assessment literature. UAS policy indicates the use of the following definitions so that all faculty, staff and administrators will have a common understanding of the terms.

Definition of Terms

  • Goals – What students should learn, understand or appreciate as a result of studies. Statements found in mission statements, professional organization standards.
  • Outcomes –What students should be able to demonstrate, represent or produce? Three areas of outcomes: Knowledge (content), skills (abilities), disposition (professional behavior). Should identify what students.
  • Curriculum Map – tracks where goals and outcomes are addressed (i.e., Introduced, Developed or Mastered) in the curriculum. The six UAS Competencies can be mapped separately or included in the degree program map.
  • Direct Measures- observation – Student work such as completion of capstone course, portfolio, tests, labs, presentations.
  • Indirect Measures-perception – How students, employers, alumni feel about learning as through surveys, focus groups, time to degree, job placement data.
  • Rubric – carefully designed rating chart or scoring guide by reference to goals, outcomes and expectations for proficiency. (Future rubrics designed by faculty)

Yes, if the course is taught to specific outcomes and if the performance and criteria are stated and shared among faculty (i.e., if the grade reliably represents learning of specific outcomes at an identified level of proficiency).