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
Benchmarks - specific performance level used for comparison; these may be internal (e.g. using past results as a baseline) or external (e.g., using results from another institution or from an accrediting body)
Competencies and proficiencies - terms used to describe learning outcomes or objectives
Emphasis - area of study within a program with at least one unique objective
Goals - what you aim to achieve: an achievable outcome; goals are not measurable
Learning outcomes or learning goals - goals that describe how students will be different because of a learning experience; learning outcomes are the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and habits of mind that students take with them from a learning experience
Measure - an assessment instrument used to assess a student action or outcome of the stated objective
Objectives - a measurable action or outcome that will be a step in accomplishing a goal; detailed aspects of goals; the tasks to be accomplished to achieve the goal; the means to the end; the process leading to the outcome
Outcomes - goals that refer to a destination rather than the path taken to get there; the end rather than the means; the outcome rather than the process
Performance indicators - quantitative measures of overall student performance
Reliability - the consistency of an instrument, either between raters (inter-rater reliability) or across multiple evaluations by the same rater (intra-rater reliability)
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
Target - the desired or aspirational level of performance or achievement
Threshold - the performance or achievement level that must be exceeded; ideally it is based on benchmarks
Unit - smallest academic organization recognized by university budgeting
Validity - the extent to which an instrument measures what it is intended to measure; see the UAC statement on course grades