The assessment process is often depicted as a cycle. Although the exact number of steps depicted and the names of these steps may vary across sources, the essence of the process is basically the same. This process involves:

    • specifying student learning outcomes/objectives,
    • developing an educational/developmental intervention to impact those outcomes,
    • collecting outcomes data,
    • analyzing the data to determine whether the outcomes have been met, and
    • making programmatic changes based on the results.

The Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS) at JMU breaks the cycle into seven distinct steps. For more information about each step, please watch the brief overview video below and click the links at the bottom of the page.

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An Overview of the Assessment Cycle
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