DePaul University Center for Teaching & Learning > Assessment > Annual Assessment Process
Each year, every academic and co-curricular program will complete an assessment project. At least every other year, the project must be a Direct Assessment of Student Learning. In “off” years, the project may be an Alternate Assessment project. Each type is described in detail below.
In this type of project, programs assess at least one of their defined student learning outcomes using a
direct assessment method. Programs can assess multiple learning outcomes in a single year. Within a 10-year cycle, each program should assess all of their program student learning outcomes. The basic steps for this type of project include:
The specific process and timeline for assessment is defined by individual units - which may include the program, department, college, or division.
The purpose of an alternate assessment project is to either request additional time to follow-up on, implement changes based on, or determine the effects of a previous assessment project OR to explore an important area related to student learning that may not be measurable by assessing student learning outcomes.
Potential alternate assessment projects* may include:
*Please note that this option may not be available for every program or in college or division: All alternate projects must be approved by the offering college or division; please contact your college or division to determine the process for having an alternate project approved.