The Future of CMU’s Assessment Management System

Assessment Council message to colleagues: "Update on Assessment – Issues for Fall 2020 Reporting"

Feedback Opportunities

The Assessment Council has been asked by the Provost to initiate a comprehensive effort in 2019-2020 to engage faculty and staff involved in assessment to define needs, opportunities, and possible alignments across all CMU curricular and assessment related systems.  Part of the impetus for this discussion stems from the CMU decision to no longer use the WEAVE system for storing assessment plans and reporting results.  The intent is to build a stronger technology infrastructure to efficiently and effectively support efforts to put assessment results into action.

Sessions to generate feedback from faculty and staff involved in assessment have included:
The annual Assessment Retreat on January 10, 2020
Visits to Academic Senate committees and councils during February-April 2020
WebEx-Hosted Open Forums – April 2, 3, 9 & 10, 2020

What Hasn’t Changed?

CMU has been committed to developing a culture of academic assessment for a number of years. A change in the mechanism through which programs submit their annual assessment reports does not alter our commitment to the importance of the assessment process. 

The current assessment processes (i.e., creation/revision of assessment plans, data collection, and annual reporting, including responses to analysis questions on an every-other-year basis) are not changing. The annual cycle of programs reporting assessment data/findings by October 1 will not be affected by the discontinuation of WEAVE. All assessment-related activities for the next cycle will continue to be supported by the Assessment Council and Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support (CIS). 

Activities Going Forward for Comprehensive Planning and Assessment Management System Implementation

  • Use AY 2019-2020 to determine needs, opportunities, and alignments across all curricular and assessment related systems.
  • Identify efficiencies across curricular and instructional processes, including alignments that reduce duplication of data entry and improve data management/reporting capabilities.
  • Work in concert with the OIT strategic plan and build on process enhancements.
  • Consider existing CMU vendors and positioning for negotiation of best prices and contract terms.
Assistance for obtaining archived assessment reports or using the 2020 reporting process should be requested by contacting the appropriate College Assessment Coordinator.