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Degree Program Assessment

Assessment of student learning has always been an important part of teaching and learning at UIC. Classroom instruction contributes to students’ achievement of the knowledge, skills, and abilities that a degree requires. Course level assessment, both during instruction and at the end of students’ training, provides information for departments to determine the degree to which students have achieved the expected knowledge, skills, and abilities. Departments also conduct assessment activities beyond the course level (e.g., standardized exams, thesis) to examine students’ levels of achievement.

Working with the Degree Program Assessment Committee, the Office of Academic Program Review and Assessment (APRA) has developed a campus-wide degree program assessment process that allows departments to document and provide evidence of their own program assessment. This process also gives departments an opportunity to improve implementation of program assessment.

Degree programs have gradually been involved in the assessment process since AY 2011-2012. By the end of AY 2014-2015, all degree programs participated and will continue to document program outcome assessment annually.