The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) require institutions to maintain a practice of regular program review including reporting on program level assessment and continuous improvement. In order to meet this requirement, programs at SIU submit an annual assessment report.
The annual assessment report documents a program’s assessment activities, process, and results. A template is used in order for the institution to have a common format. The two main components are:
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes - Document the assessment tools used to measure each of your student learning outcomes and the results of the assessment.
Curriculum or Program Changes - List curriculum or program changes resulting from your assessment.
Accredited programs do not need to submit a SIUC assessment plan or SIUC self-study report, since this is an integral part of a program’s report to the accreditation body. However, the annual SIUC assessment report is required, since it provides a record of annual activities in assessment and continuous improvement. It also keeps programs on track, while documenting the activities required in a program’s final self-study report.