Annual Assessment Plans and Reports

At Dominican, each academic program participates in an annual assessment-reporting period, however, assessment can occur at various times throughout a program and will include formative and summative assessments for student learning.

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Within the assessment planning and reporting periods, a program demonstrates alignment between its course and program learning outcomes. As of 2017, programs are also expected to create alignment between its program and the new institutional learning outcomes.

Formative Assessment is often done at the beginning or during a program providing for immediate evidence for student learning in a particular course or at a particular point in a program. Formative assessment is intended to improve quality of student learning and should not be evaluative or involve grading students. Examples of formative assessment include discussion responses, journal entries, and pretests.

Summative assessment is comprehensive and is used to evaluate the level of student learning at the end of the program. Program goals and objectives often reflect the cumulative nature of the learning that takes place in a program to ensure students have met the program goals and objectives. Examples of summative assessment include examinations, papers, completed journals, and laboratory write-ups.

Guidelines for Annual Assessment Reporting


Angelo, T. A., & Cross, K. P. (1993). Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Bardes, B. & Denton, J. (2001, June). Using the Grading Process for Departmental and Program Assessment. Paper presented at the American Association for Higher Education Conference; Denver, CO.