Glossary

Assessment: The systematic, ongoing process to identify, collect, analyze, and report on data that is used to determine the degree to which a stated outcome is attained.

Assessment Measures: The methods and tools used to gather data about degree of attainment of stated outcomes.

Assessment Plan: A blueprint that outlines and describes how attainment of stated outcomes will be determined.

Assessment Schedule: A tabular or matrix representation indicating when program outcomes will be assessed in future assessment cycles.

Closing the Loop: The process of demonstrating continuous improvement of curricular, programmatic or operational efforts through a cycle of collecting, analyzing, and reporting on data, using assessment results to make improvements, and then re-examining efforts to determine the impact of the improvements.

Competency: A general statement that describes the desired knowledge, skills, and behaviors of a student graduating from a program (or completing a course). Competencies commonly define the applied skills and knowledge that enable people to successfully perform in professional, educational, and other life contexts.

Course Assessment: The process of determining the degree to which stated course outcomes learning is attained.

Course Learning Outcome: The specific, measurable knowledge, skill or ability that students should be able to demonstrate as a result of their studies within a course.

Criterion for Success: Metric that identifies the target or minimum performance standard, determining when an outcome is successfully attained or not.

Culture of Assessment: An institutional characteristic that shows evidence for valuing and engaging in assessment for ongoing improvement.

Curriculum Map: A tabular or matrix representation that relates a program’s course curriculum to its program outcomes.

Direct Assessment: Evaluation that relies on observable evidence (such as student work or behavior) demonstrating attainment of an outcome.

Embedded Assessment: Denotes a way to determine attainment of outcomes that is built into regular activities. When assessment is embedded, it is a routine, unobtrusive, authentic part of the teaching-learning process.

General Education Competency: A general statement that describes the desired knowledge, skills, and behaviors of a student completing ERAU’s General Education curriculum. Competencies commonly define the applied skills and knowledge that enable people to successfully perform in professional, educational, and other life contexts.

General Education Outcome: The specific, measurable knowledge, skill or ability that students should be able to demonstrate as a result of their studies within ERAU’s General Education curriculum.

Learning Outcome: The specific, measurable knowledge, skill or ability that one should be able to demonstrate as a result of one's studies.

Indirect Assessment: Evaluation that relies on informant perception (such as survey responses) about the attainment of an outcome.

Mission Critical Budget Request: A petition to secure funding to address deficiencies identified through assessment of program learning outcomes.

Mission Statement: Explanation of why an organizational unit (program, department, college, university) exists and identifies its purpose.

Operational Outcome: The specific, measurable, desired result of an organizational function or process.

Outcome: A specific, measurable statement of what will be achieved or attained.

Program Assessment: The process of determining the degree to which stated program learning outcomes are attained.

Program Learning Outcome: The measurable knowledge, skill or ability that students should be able to demonstrate as a result of their studies within a program.

Rubric: A scoring guideline used to evaluate student performance using a detailed description of performance that specifies both criteria for assessment and expected levels of performance for each criterion.

Student Learning Outcomes: The specific, measurable knowledge, skill or ability that students should be able to demonstrate as a result of their studies.

Contact Information

Tiffany Phagan
Executive Director of Academic Assessment
(386) 748-1364
tiffany.phagan@erau.edu