Program Structure

Plan. Do. Check. Action.

As stated by the Higher Learning Commission, assessment is a strategy for understanding and improving student learning and educational quality. With this in mind, Arkansas State University – Newport has chosen several guidelines:

  • Our program flows from our mission statement.
  • Our conceptual framework is our nine stated strategic goals.
  • Our faculty has ownership and responsibility of our programs.
  • Our program has institution-wide support from the top down. Frequent conversation and dialogue concerning assessment is a positive and continuous method for improvement.
  • Our program uses multiple assessment methods and strives to collect measurable data to further student learning and institutional growth.
  • Our program provides feedback to our students, the communities within our service area, faculty, and to all who have a vested interest in our institution. We endeavor to provide feedback that is specific and timely.
  • Our program is cost effective. We use our resources as economically as possible. We provide directional leadership and time lines for projects and reports.
  • Our program leads to improvement through continuous monitoring and adjusting according to data analysis.
  • Our program includes a process for evaluating the assessment program to see if it is working, appropriate, and useful.

The possibility of change through continuous improvement is a foundation for ASUN’s assessment program. The design of ASUN’s Assessment Plan is based on a continual quality improvement cycle exemplified in the Shewart PDSA Model – Plan, Do, Study, Act. The underlying premise of this method is that continual improvement requires repeated revolutions of this cycle and provides a structure for planned change through use of assessment information as a means to improve. ASUN modified the Shewart PDSA model to accommodate our individual needs. Our categories for our assessment tool are Plan, Do, Check, Action.

ASUN Continuous Improvement Structure
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