Due to COVID-19 and the transition of university operations to an online format during the spring 2020 semester, there have been some changes to this year's APT reporting process.  

  1. Deadline changes:Two deadlines to choose from that - August 1st or October 15th. Programs wanting to receive feedback earlier should get their APT in by August 1st. Feedback for those programs will be available by October 1st. Programs who submit their reports between August 1st and October 15th will receive feedback by December 15th. All APTs must be submitted no later than October 15, 2020.  
  2. Content of APT Report:We understand that COVID-19 has drastically affected the way programs are able to conduct assessment, and we want to hear your stories.  Please include how COVID-19 has impacted your program assessment as the first paragraph (or page) of your APT; if it hasn't affected your process, let us know that too. This section will not be rated or evaluated in any way; rather, we want to provide programs with a place to provide context for this year's report and hear about how your programs are addressing challenges.  
  3. Style of Feedback:Assessment coordinators will be able to choose which style feedback they receive. We recommend assessment coordinators consult with their academic unit head before making decisions. (indicate which style of feedback you choose when uploading your APT) 
    1. Formal, full feedback- This is the feedback you are familiar with, and have received for previous years. It includes ratings and constructive feedback for the 14 elements in the APT rubrics.  
    2. Informal, customized feedback- This feedback will take the form of customized comments and suggestions developed by the PASS team. Programs will not receive element specific ratings or feedback according to the APT rubric. We suggest programs elect to receive informal feedback if their program assessment efforts were seriously impeded by COVID-19.  

For more information about these changes, please refer to the email that was sent to coordinators on April 17th, or contact the PASS office with questions or concerns.

Contact Us


PASS Team for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Dr. Yu Bao (faculty supervisor)  

Paulius Satkus – Doctoral assistant & student team lead

Caroline Prendergast – Doctoral assistant

Sarah Alahmadi – Doctoral assistant

Upcoming Events

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Program Assessment Support Services (PASS) seeks to ensure JMU academic programs have high quality student learning outcomes assessment processes through assessment consulting services, the provision of assessment resources, and the dissemination and promotion of quality assessment practice.  

What can PASS do for you?

PASS can support your academic program's assessment practice in many ways: 

  • Assist programs in creating or modifying their assessment plans, including thinking through the details and timing of each step in the assessment cycle  
  • Provide consultation and guidance on best practices on assessment design considerations, including the appropriateness of the design to meet the program’s assessment needs  
  • Assist programs in articulating student-centered, specific, and measurable learning objectives  
  • Assist programs in selecting or designing assessment instruments, including providing guidance on the mode of administration (e.g., paper-and-pencil, Qualtrics, Canvas, Google Forms)  
  • Provide support in the analysis of assessment data for student learning outcomes or for estimating reliability and validity evidence  
  • Guide and support the assessment reporting process for APTs, APRs, and/or disciplinary accreditation reports  
  • Conduct workshops for academic programs or assessment teams on assessment-related topics, including the assessment processes at JMU, development of student learning objectives, item-writing, and rubric development  
  • Conduct cross-walk procedures to link disciplinary accreditation requirements to those from the APT process  
  • Attend assessment committee meetings or other program meetings (e.g., summer retreats) to lend assessment expertise, as requested  
Schedule a Consultation

To schedule a consultation, please visit 

The first time you visit the site, you will be asked to create an account.  

Once you've registered, please enter your email and password, then choose the schedule you would like to access.  

For PASS services, please select the "PASS (Academic Programs) [current semester]" schedule.  

After clicking “log in”, you will see the available consulting hours for each of the PASS consultants. Available hours are represented by white boxes.  

To make an appointment, simply double-click the white box, indicate the time you’d like to meet, provide us with a bit of information about the assistance you would like, and save the appointment.  

Shortly thereafter, you will get an email confirming your appointment. You will also receive an email reminder the day before your appointment.  

Before making an appointment, please review all relevant resources on the CARS website. These resources should answer most basic questions about the assessment process, allowing appointment time to be used most efficiently.  

We look forward to continuing to provide you with academic degree assessment services. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  

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