Assessment of Undergraduate Majors

This page contains information about the assessment of undergraduate majors at UCI. You will find here (1) Student Learning Outcomes for Undergraduate Majors (2) UCI’s assessment schedule for conducting assessments within majors, and (3) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UCI’s requirements for assessing undergraduate majors.

Jump to Student Learning Outcomes for Undergraduate Majors within Each School:
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
School of Biological Sciences
Paul Merage School of Business
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
School of Humanities
Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences
School of Physical Sciences
School of Social Ecology
School of Social Sciences
Unaffiliated Programs

Schedule for Conducting Assessments within the Major

FAQs about UCI’s Requirements for Assessing Undergraduate Majors.

  1. What are UCI’s expectations about assessing undergraduate majors?
  2. Have learning outcomes been established for all undergraduate majors?
  3. What is the due date for my department’s assessment report?
  4. Who is responsible for writing my department’s assessment report?
  5. How do I write an assessment report for an undergraduate major?
  6. Who reviews assessment reports?
  7. How will assessment reports be used by the campus?
  8. Do you have any examples of assessment reports?
  9. This process of assessing undergraduate majors seems like a huge burden. How can you make this more manageable?
  10. What additional resources can you provide about effective assessment?

What are UCI’s expectations about assessing undergraduate majors?

UCI’s Academic Senate Assessment Committee has established a policy that departments should (1) establish learning outcomes for each of its undergraduate majors and update learning outcomes as needed (2) assess these learning outcomes on an ongoing basis (3) use results of these assessments to improve teaching and learning and (4) write a report of the results. While the Assessment Committee expects each department to continuously engage in these activities, each department is responsible for submitting an assessment report every 5 years.

Have learning outcomes been established for all undergraduate majors?

Yes, learning outcomes were developed by all departments in 2008-2009.

Jump to Student Learning Outcomes for Undergraduate Majors within Each School:
Claire Trevor School of the Arts 
School of Biological Sciences
Paul Merage School of Business
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
School of Humanities
Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences
School of Physical Sciences
School of Social Ecology
School of Social Sciences
Unaffiliated Programs

What is the due date for my department’s assessment report?

Please consult the Schedule for Conducting Assessments within the Major.

Who is responsible for writing my department’s assessment report?

The Academic Senate expects that assessment is a collaborative effort involving key faculty teaching undergraduate courses. However, Department Chairs are responsible for submitting the final assessment report.

How do I write an assessment report for an undergraduate major?

Reports should answer the following questions:

For assessment work conducted in your last assessment cycle, discuss the following:

  1. Address prior feedback provided by the Assessment Committee. Describe how you have used findings from previous assessment work to improve student learning. Do you have evidence that new interventions implemented have had the desired effect?

For this year’s assessment work, discuss the following:

  1. Describe your assessment evidence review, including the type of assessment evidence collected, faculty involved in reviewing the evidence, and how they evaluated the student work.
  2. What are the findings of your assessment?
  3. How will you use these findings for improvement?
  4. If the program’s student learning outcomes have changed as a result of this past year’s assessment, please list all of your outcomes including the revised and/or new outcome statements.
  5. If the relationship between the program’s learning outcomes and its core courses has changed as a result of this past year’s assessment, please describe this revised relationship. If you would like to provide a revised curriculum map instead of a description, please include this map with your submission.

For more details about writing an assessment report, consult the Guidelines for Reviewing Program Assessment Reports.

Who reviews assessment reports?

Submitted assessment reports will be reviewed by the Academic Senate Assessment Committee and the Campus Assessment Coordinator. The Assessment Committee will use a rubric to provide feedback to your department on the quality of your assessment project (NOT the results of assessment). Please see the Rubric for Reviewing Program Assessment Reports.

How will assessment reports be used by the campus?

The primary goal of assessment is the improvement of teaching and learning, so we expect that your department will be the primary user of the assessment reports. The Academic Senate Committee will review all assessment reports with the goal of providing feedback to departments to ensure high quality assessment practices. The Academic Program Review Board will review assessment reports as part of the School review every 10 years. And reports will be reviewed by WASC, UCI’s regional accrediting body, to ensure compliance with accreditation standards and to ensure the campus (1) uses data and systematic processes to improve teaching and learning and (2) provides high quality education to its students. Assessment reports may also be reviewed by discipline-specific accrediting agencies, such as ABET, CCNE, AACSB, etc.

Do you have any examples of assessment reports?

The Academic Senate’s policy is that “final assessment reports are meant to be self-critical, and thus will not be publicly available.” However, a number of departments have agreed to disseminate their reports to serve as a model to other programs, and these reports can be found here. In addition, examples of department assessment reports conducted as part of UCI’s Assessment Grant program can be found here.

This process of assessing undergraduate majors seems like a huge burden. How can you make this more manageable?

First, UCI wants to emphasize that faculty are already doing assessment. Faculty provide ongoing feedback to students about their progress, grade student work, and continuously assess the quality of their teaching. Assessment is simply a means for “systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well student learning matches our expectations” (Angelo, 1995). While assessment does not have to be scholarly research (although in many cases it can be), it represents a way to empirically verify what you suspect is happening in the classroom. UCI expects that you will document the good work you are already doing.

Second, we are here to help! The Center for Assessment and Applied Research can help you with the process. Please see our contact information.

What additional resources can you provide about effective assessment?

Please visit our Resources for Conducting Assessment page.

Jump to Student Learning Outcomes for Undergraduate Majors within Each School:
Claire Trevor School of the Arts 
School of Biological Sciences
Paul Merage School of Business
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
School of Humanities
Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences
School of Physical Sciences
School of Social Ecology
School of Social Sciences
Unaffiliated Programs

Schedule for Conducting Assessments within the Major


Claire Trevor School of the Arts

School of Biological Sciences

Paul Merage School of Business

Henry Samueli School of Engineering

School of Humanities

Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences

School of Physical Sciences

School of Social Ecology

School of Social Sciences

Unaffiliated Programs