Programmatic assessment for an undergraduate statistics major
Moore, Allison Amanda
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Programmatic assessment is used by institutions and/or departments to prompt conversations about the status of student learning and make informed decisions about educational programs. This report follows the experiences of the Department of Statistics at the University of Georgia during their process of developing an assessment plan for the undergraduate statistics major. The cyclic assessment process includes four steps: establishing student learning outcomes, deciding on assessment methods, collecting and analyzing data, and reflecting on the results. The theory behind each of these steps and the concept of curriculum mapping is discussed. Key assessment terms, like direct and indirect measures, are introduced in relation to popular assessment methods. Rubrics are also advocated as a direct method that aids in program assessment. The report concludes with a recommendation for an assessment plan for the department.