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PASS: JMU'S Program Assessment Support Service

Assessment is increasingly critical to the success and continuation of educational programs. Many programs are currently engaged in student assessment as part of accreditation, academic program review, and/or simply out of an interest in improving their program.  The PASS office is staffed with skilled consultants who can assist programs who seek to measure the impact of their program on students.  PASS consultants work with programs at JMU to develop clear and measurable goals and objectives, to identify appropriate assessment instruments, to plan well-designed studies, and to assist in statistically analyzing the data.  The PASS office also provides workshops on assessment for interested programs.


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.

PASS Support

  • Helps create an assessment plan for academic programs
  • Advises programs on assessment design considerations, including highest-quality data collection
  • Works with programs to create student-centered learning objectives
  • Analyzes academic assessment data
  • Provides a consultation regarding data analysis techniques
  • Builds online assessment instruments
  • Writes assessment reports
  • Conducts workshops on item-writing, the assessment process, and rubric development


Contact PASS:

Lakeview Hall, Room 1144