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Assessment Plans and Status Reports

Northern Illinois University has set in place policies and processes through our shared governance to ensure students meet university and program-specific learning outcomes. These policies and procedures are coordinated through the Office of the Provost, with direction, guidance, and oversight provided by several university committees and offices, including the Academic Planning Council, the University Assessment Panel, and the Office of Assessment Services. These university-level efforts are coordinated with college and program-level faculty and staff, and include the annual assessment update process, status reports, and program review. The schedule for program review is available here. The schedule for status reports is available by contacting the Office of Assessment Services assess@niu.edu.

University Plan for Academic Outcomes Assessment

Northern Illinois University has a rich culture of assessment that transcends all aspects of the university. The guiding principles are to meet the goals of the Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success and to serve the university’s mission and vision of being the premier student-centered and research-focused university in the Midwest, while advancing knowledge for the benefit of the people throughout the region, state, nation, and world. In fulfilling these goals and mission, there is a history of quality assurance and evidence-based teaching and learning practices that are anchored to a conceptual framework of assessment, placing the student at the center.

The aim of the university assessment plan is to provide guidance and focus such that learning today ensures our students can lead tomorrow. You can access the University Plan for Academic Outcomes Assessment here.

Status Reports

Completing the status report is a formal process whereby a program reflects and reports on the effectiveness of its entire assessment plan and assessment processes that have been put into place over a more extended period of time. Annual assessment updates feed into the status report. Status reports for academic degree programs are required approximately every four years (midway through the eight-year program review process in place at Northern Illinois University). This has been put in place to ensure programs have sufficient, high-quality data spanning at least five years, to make informed decisions that form the basis for mandated program review and accreditation needs. Status reports for student and academic support services are required every five years. Assessment plans and status reports are reviewed by the University Assessment Panel, which reports its findings to the Academic Planning Council.

Schedule of Programs and Units for 2016-2017

Schedule of Academic Programs

Schedule of Support Units (Contact the Office of Assessment Services)

Directions and Templates for 2016-2017

Academic Degree Programs

Introduction

Assessment Plan

Status Report

Checklist/Rubric

Capstone Course Development

Funding Request

Academic Support Units

Introduction

Assessment Plan

Status Report

Checklist/Rubric

Funding Request

Exemplary Assessment Plans and Status Reports

Exemplary Assessment Plan 1

Exemplary Assessment Plan 2

Exemplary Status Report 1

Exemplary Status Report 2

Current Assessment Plans and Status Reports

Academic Degree Programs

Academic Support Units

If you have any questions or concerns about assessment plans or status reports, please contact the Office of Assessment Services at (815)753-8659 or email assess@niu.edu