Assessment Plan Guidelines

This page describes the ongoing guidelines for student outcomes assessment for academic and co-curricular units (including advising centers) at GVSU.

The University Assessment Committee provides resources and support for faculty developing or revising their assessment plans.

Units are encouraged to consider incorporating the General Education SLOs and rubrics into their assessment plans where it makes sense to do so. 

Additional Expectations (2017-18)

Units should also be aware of additional expectations for the 2017-18 transition to GVAssess. 

2017-18 Transition

Academic Programs

How many SLOs should be assessed? The answer depends on what combination of majors, emphasis areas, and certificate programs a unit has: 

  • Majors/Programs: Units normally assess 2-4 core SLOs per year for each major/program for a total of 6-10 SLOs across the 6-year strategic planning cycle.
    • These are outcomes common to all who graduate with a given major.
  • Emphases: Units normally assess 1 additional SLO per emphasis in each major during a 2-year review cycle.
    • The emphasis SLO describes a learning outcome uniquely associated with the emphasis.
  • Certificates: Units normally assess 2 additional SLOs per certificate program during each 2 year review cycle.
    • The certificate SLOs describe learning outcomes common to all who receive the certificate.

The following table summarizes this information.

Type of program

6-year planning cycle

2-year assessment cycle


6-10 SLOs

Assess 2-4 per year


1-2 additional SLOs

Assess 1 per year


2 SLOs

Assess 2 per cycle

Co-curricular Programs

Co-curricular programming offered through advising centers, campus recreation, career services, student housing, etc., have a significant impact on the GVSU student experience. Co-curricular units evaluate how well their programs are meeting students' needs by defining and regularly assessing a collection of student-centered outcomes (SCOs). 

Assessment and reporting expectations are similar to those for academic units; it may be appropriate to adjust the number of SCOs assessed for co-curricular programs in the six-year strategic planning cycle to reflect the unique nature of co-curricular programming. Co-curricular units that wish to discuss assessment plan expectations should contact the UAC chair.

Advising Centers

All advising centers submitted assessment reports in 2016 using a common Advising Centers Assessment Template.

The template supports a unified approach to assessment among advising centers. The template is undergoing revision in 2017-18.

Page last modified February 17, 2018