Levels of Assessment

Overview

The assessment of desired outcomes in the Division of Student Affairs takes place on several levels simultaneously.  The following tiered structure helps to conceptualize and organize that assessment work and to ensure that all staff members are utilizing best practices.    

Level 1: Co-Curricular Learning Outcomes (CCLOs)

  • Level 1 assessment is focused on evaluating the work of Student Affairs as it pertains to the institution’s five Co-Curricular Learning Outcomes (CCLOs).  These outcomes were developed by faculty, staff, and students at the University of San Diego to support the holistic development of students and to guide the work being done in all co-curricular areas.  The CCLOs are being assessed in Student Affairs on a multiyear timeline where only one CCLO (or two in the case of the 2020-2021 academic year) is being evaluated each year.  
  • Exemplar programs that support the various dimensions of the relevant CCLO are identified each year.  These programs are then assessed using a series of standardized assessment questions and activities based on rubrics that break down each dimension of the CCLO into three different student developmental levels (Explore, Practice, and Live).
  • Results of Level 1 assessment will be shared on the University of San Diego's Student Outcomes website.
Table showing the timeline for creating a program assessment plan.
Academic Year CCLO
2019-20 & 2020-2021 Identities and Communities
2020-21 Purpose
2021-22 Authentic Engagement
2022-23 Well-being
2023-24 Courageous Living

Level 2: Annual Unit Assessment Planning

  • Level 2 assessment is focused on evaluating the work of individual units on an annual basis.  This assessment can include a combination of CCLOs, operational outcomes, and other learning outcomes.  Each unit is responsible for developing an assessment plan for the upcoming academic year by July 1.  That plan is then reviewed with the appropriate assistant vice president and the director of assessment and research.
  • Unit annual assessment plans live on the Assessment Google Drive. Please contact tnovara@sandiego.edu for access to this drive. 
  • Results of Level 2 assessment will be shared on the Student Affairs Outcomes webpage.
Table showing when each CCLO is scheduled to be assessed.
Timing
Action
March - April
May - June
  • Begin drafting assessment plan for the upcoming academic year.
  • Consult with the director of assessment and research (or assessment committee members) for ongoing support.
July
  • Submit draft assessment plan by July 1.
  • Meet with the appropriate AVP and director of assessment and research to review the submitted plan.
August - June
  • Conduct assessments based on the timing decided upon in the annual plan.
  • Report findings based on the timing decided upon in the annual plan.

Level 3: Individual Program or Initiative Assessment 

  • Level 3 assessment is focused on evaluating individual programs or initiatives as they are developed.  It is recommended that any program or initiative identified in a unit’s annual assessment plan have a program assessment plan.  This plan goes into greater detail on assessment methods, timelines, analysis, and reporting of results.  Programs that are not identified in a unit’s annual assessment plan can also utilize the program plan template to help adhere to assessment best practices.
  • Results of Level 3 assessment may be shared on the Student Affairs Outcomes webpage.
 
Table showing the timeline for creating a unit annual assessment plan.
Timing
Action
Pre-Program Design Phase
Program Design Phase
  • Develop an appropriate assessment as the program itself is being designed. Don't wait until the program is finalized to think about assessment!
  • Consult with the director of assessment and research or an assessment committee member.
Assessment Phase
  • Conduct the assessment as intended in the program assessment template.
  • Collect and analyze data. 
Close the Loop
  • Document results that can be shared with others. This includes: degree of intended outcome success, key findings, lessons learned, and recommendations for the future.