Appointing officer - individual responsible for personnel and program decisions.
Assessment - the process of seeking, evaluating, reflecting upon data, and making changes in order to foster continuous improvement of student academic learning and achievement.
Assessment Plan - formal developmental process for measuring student learning outcomes including data collection and analysis procedures.
Assessment Plan (Student Learning Outcomes): goals, objectives, measures; timeline, responsible party; component of your strategic plan. This constitutes the student learning goals section of your Strategic Plan
Assessment report - the formal report on student learning outcomes submitted to the University Assessment Committee (UAC): data collected as described in assessment plan
Emphasis - area of study within a program with at least one unique objective
Goal - an achievable outcome; goals are not measurable
Measure - an instrument used to assess a student action or outcome of the stated objective
Objective - a measurable action or outcome that will be a step in accomplishing a goal
Self Study - the formal reporting focusing on unit function and performance: a snapshot of where your program is right now
Strategic Plan: future plan: vision, mission, values, goals, objectives, measures, timeline, responsible party
Unit - smallest academic organization recognized by university budgeting.