The whole point of any assessment system is to improve student learning. Students receive individual feedback on their performance on courses, tests, or assignments. So, too, faculty and program coordinators need aggregate information on how well groups of students are or are not acquiring the desired learning outcomes so that we can consider adjustments in the course and/or the program.
Often referred to as “closing the loop,” the process of employing assessment data to inform program revisions involves using assessment results to improve student learning through collegial dialogue informed by the results of student learning outcome assessments. Closing the loop is part of the continuous cycle of collecting assessment results, evaluating them, using the evaluations to identify actions that will improve student learning, implementing those actions, and then cycling back to assessment.
Ideally, program faculty will work together to produce an annual report of assessment results to share with the college dean, department or program faculty, and external or internal advisory boards as part of its continuous improvement process.