Assessment of student learning in Ball State University's academic programs is an essential means of identifying areas for growth and improvement in those programs. Therefore Ball State colleges, departments, and schools engage in annual programmatic assessment. 

Academic units set goals for program assessment to determine if there are better ways to measure student learning and other program outcomes. Colleges determine which of their program(s) to assess each year. Some colleges assess all of their programs on an annual basis while other colleges assess their programs on a rotating basis, with all programs being assessed at least once every five years.

The Annual Program Assessment Report Template and Curriculum Map Templates are meant to aid in documenting the systematic approach to program review. If your college or discipline-specific accrediting body use an alternate standard format for program assessment, you are welcome to use that format in lieu of this template.

Reports are due Oct. 15 each year (unless your college has an approved alternate submission date). Reports should be uploaded using the Assessment Report Submission in Qualtrics.

Program assessment is rooted in a philosophy of continual improvement of our learning environments.

Assessment Cycle

Graphic: Assurance of Learning Cycle 

For more information about the annual program assessment process, consult the Faculty and Professional Personnel Handbook.

Assessment Events and Resources

Ball State University's Assurance of Learning Day focuses on processes and data used to improve student learning and experiences at Ball State.

  • 2022 Assurance of Learning Day videos

    2022 Excellence in Assessment Recognition:

    Distinction in Assessment: Dr. Jerrell Cassady
    Innovation in Assessment: MGT 491 Faculty - Dr. Xian Cao, Dr. Imran Syed, & Dr. Donald "Breck" Terheide
    Equity in Assessment: Department of Social Work, College of Health
    Collaboration in Assessment: Division of Online and Strategic Learning

Ball State University's Assessment Toolkit offers tutorials, templates, rubrics, and literature to support assessment activities that improve student learning and experiences and Ball State.

The toolkit is available to faculty and staff.

Annual Excellence in Assessment Recognition

The University Assessment Committee (UAC) recognizes individuals, programs, or units for extraordinary contributions to Ball State’s culture of assessment through ongoing efforts in the classroom, on committees, and/or in projects that have broad benefits and lead to improvement. Programs, units, and individuals are eligible to be nominated for one of the four categories.

Distinction in Assessment
recognizes the individual, program, or unit that has made significant contributions to promote a culture of assessment at Ball State. The individual, program, or unit has achieved meritorious distinction by modeling sustained, effective use of assessment processes to make substantial and positive changes.

Innovation in Assessment recognizes the individual, program, or unit that has gone above and beyond expected assessment practices and initiated an innovative assessment method that resulted in improvement of an academic or co-curricular program at Ball State.

Equity in Assessment recognizes the individual, program, or unit for creating a more culturally responsive learning environment at Ball State. The award recipient disaggregates their data to examine whether any groups of students need to be better supported and/or empowers students as partners in the assessment process.

Collaboration in Assessment
recognizes the individual, program, or unit for exemplary assessment methods in partnership with other stakeholder groups such as BSU students, staff, alumni, community partners, and employers to implement positive changes.

The Excellence in Assessment recipients are recognized during Ball State’s annual Assurance of Learning Day.

2022 Excellence in Assessment Recognition:
Distinction in Assessment:
Dr. Jerrell Cassady
Innovation in Assessment: MGT 491 Faculty - Dr. Xian Cao, Dr. Imran Syed, & Dr. Donald "Breck" Terheide
Equity in Assessment: Department of Social Work, College of Health
Collaboration in Assessment: Division of Online and Strategic Learning

Questions?

If you would like to speak with someone about Ball State's assessment processes or accreditation, please contact Carole Kacius, Director of Assessment and Accreditation.