The Future of CMU’s Assessment Management System

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


The Assessment Council was 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 stemmed 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.

The Assessment Council visited college and university curriculum and assessment committees, held open forums, solicited email feedback, and sent a survey. Key themes were collected in a high-level summary document and used to revise the Assessment Management System Prioritized Needs list. Both documents are available for your review.  
The Assessment Council would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide feedback. This input will be used in the planning for a new system and to support CMU’s ongoing work to advance student learning.

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). 

Assistance for obtaining archived assessment reports or using the 2020 reporting process should be requested by contacting the appropriate College Assessment Coordinator.