Assessment Plan Composer Instructions
The Assessment Plan Composer is designed to guide those individuals developing
an academic assessment plan for their unit so that it is submitted in the
desired format. A user's access rights to this system are assigned by the
system administrator at the Office of Institutional Assessment and Compliance.
Some users will have update rights while others will be read-only.
The main screen of the Assessment Plan Composer is a listing of Colleges /
Departments / Programs for which the logged in user has been granted access to create
an assessment plan, to update an assessment report, or to view and read an
assessment document. To create an assessment plan, click on the
(green plus sign) beside the program to which you have been assigned. If there
was a plan in the previous year for that departmental program, that plan will be
used to create the current year's plan; otherwise, a completely new plan will
Upon selecting a plan from the main screen, the user will be directed to the
Plan Manager screen. It is here that the user develops the various parts of the
academic assessment document.
The Plan Manager will act as a main menu in the development of the assessment
plan. From this screen, the user can follow the logical step-by-step process in
entering and editing the required sections that make up the plan. A checklist
is provided beside each section.
Checking sections off as they are completed may be helpful to the user
when working on the plan over a period of time. When a plan is finished, it may
be submitted to the Office of Institutional Assessment and Compliance for
review, where it will be either accepted or sent back with comments requesting
additional information. If a plan is in need of additional information or
changes after being reviewed, the user will be notified via email. On the main
screen of Assessment Plan Composer, the plan will have a
(red X) beside it. Clicking the (red X) will return the user to the Plan
Manager screen, where there will be links for 'Comments On File'. Clicking these
links will direct the user to the comment or to the appropriate section where
the comments will be accessible by clicking the (red
When creating a plan, the mission statement will be generated from the previous
year (if there is one on file), whereupon it may be edited with any necessary changes. If
no previous plan exists, the data entry field will be blank and a mission
statement must be entered. Please note that an 8000 character maximum is set on
the mission statement field.
Update Annual Report (This section will only exist if the plan from the
previous year is on file.)
The user will be required to comment on the 'Results' and 'Use of Results' for
their assessment of the learning outcomes for each of their previous goals.
This can be done from the Update Annual Report page by first clicking on 'Assessment
Results and Use of Results' beneath each learning outcome, and then clicking the
(pencil icon) to enter data into the 'Results'
and 'Use of Results' fields. The narrative should address any changes that were
implemented because of information collected through the assessment methods.
Copy Annual To Future
The user may use this feature to copy any goals, learning outcomes, and
assessments from the previous year's plan to the future plan being created.
Once copied, they may be edited and/or deleted.
To page or scroll through the goals, use the buttons at the top of the page. To
copy forward the goal and its learning outcomes and assessments, use the 'Copy To Future'
button. By default, all learning outcomes and assessments will be copied with the
goal; however, the user may override this by unchecking any learning outcome or
assessment. Please note that if a learning outcome is unchecked, its assessment
will not be copied, either.
From the Goals List page, the user can add new goals using the button on the
bottom of the page, edit an existing goal by clicking the
(pencil icon), or delete a goal by clicking the
Learning Outcomes and Assessments
The Learning Outcomes and Assessments link will direct the user to the Learning
Outcomes List screen where, for each goal added, the user will be able to add
new learning outcomes or edit and delete existing learning outcomes. The Add
Learning Outcome command button will appear on the header line of each goal for
which the learning outcome should be added. Learning Outcomes are managed using the
icon) for editing, the
icon) for deleting, or the
(red exclamation point) for reading comments from the Office of Institutional Assessment
and Compliance. Underneath each learning outcome will be a link to direct the
user to a screen for adding or editing the assessment of the learning outcome.
An assessment for a learning outcome includes the Measures and Criteria,
and the Methods.
Directions for Inserting Line Breaks, Bold Text, Italics, or Hyperlinks
For all fields in this system, you will need to insert HTML
code to make bold text, italics, line breaks, and web
hyperlinks appear. In these fields, just hitting your "Enter" key does
not put in a line break. Instead, you must insert the appropriate HTML code,
which is provided below.
Copy the line of code you need and insert it into the appropriate field. Line
break tags need to be only at the end of your text, before the line break. To
create a space between paragraphs, select Double Line Break from the drop menu.
Where it says "text here", type in the text which needs formatting. Make sure
that the Italic, Underline, and Bold tags are in front of and behind your text.
Line break <br>
Double line break <br><br>
Bulleted list <UL><LI>1st
bullet line</LI><LI>2nd bullet line</LI></UL>
View Full Strategic Plan
This will display the formatted assessment plan as it has been entered.