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Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

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.