DePaul University’s assessment report template asks for the number of students with “acceptable” or better performance, but how do we determine what is acceptable?
Determination of Acceptable Performance
Program faculty should determine what acceptable performance is for given a particular learning outcome. As defined by HLC’s criteria for assessment, assessment should involve the substantial participation of faculty and other instructional staff members.
Resources for Determining Acceptable Performance
Review the program’s curriculum, including curriculum map, if you have one.
Looking at the curriculum, with particular emphasis on the core curriculum, can be a useful exercise in breaking down the components of program learning outcomes. This will also give faculty a realistic idea of what students should have learned in regards to a particular learning outcome across the entire program.
Determine what students need to know after they leave
All academic programs prepare students to leave DePaul University. It may be useful to discuss not only the knowledge, skills, and abilities students need to possess to move onto their next steps (graduate school, full-time employment in the field, fellowships/post-doc work), but the level at which students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities should be to successfully take the next steps in their educations and/or careers.
One useful resource to reference may be the professional organizations within your particular field. These groups generally define standards for professionals in their fields and may be able to inform your faculty’s decisions about what one might consider acceptable performance for each of your program learning outcomes.