NEW PROGRAM ASSESSMENT LEADERS (PALs)
PALs - the front line of Marquette’s assessment process!
PALs coordinate the assessment processes for their designated programs. The process includes:
- Defining measurable student learning and development outcomes;
- Broad dissemination of these outcomes in web-based and print documents;
- Collecting and summarizing data on student learning and development;
- Sharing results with faculty and staff for discussion;
- Formally reporting results and areas for improvement to the university’s assessment reporting system.
Calendar Dates for PALs
- September/October - orientation workshop held for new PALs, or anyone seeking a refresher. Workshop topics include the assessment process, how to’s and hands-on training for entering reports in the Assessment Reporting and Management System (ARMS). Morning or afternoon sessions are offered on a Friday.
- Late October - Assessment reports for the previous academic year are due.
- Early November - Annual Peer review seminar, when MU PALs convene to present their assessment reports and give feedback on colleagues’ reports. Peer Review is held on a Friday, with a choice of morning or afternoon sessions.
- February - Attend a minimum of one professional development workshop offered on assessment topics. Workshops topics are determined from peer review feedback and presented at various times for faculty and co-curricular staff.
Complete assessment calendar dates are available.
Documents and Resources for PALs
- Your program’s assessment plan is located on the assessment webpage. Please review this plan with your program’s faculty when you review your annual report. Make modifications as needed, and send the revised plan to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Beginning in AY 2012, your program’s assessment reports reside in the Assessment Reporting and Management System (ARMS). As PAL, you have view access to all reports, and edit capabilities for your designated program(s). Previous years’ reports are archived on the assessment website.
- The assessment website contains substantial resource materials to support your assessment efforts:
- The assessment director is available to meet with you and/or your department, conduct training on your suggested topics, or help you develop and implement assessment plans and reports.