Welcome to the California Baptist University Assessment Program Portfolio. This document introduces you to what assessment means at California Baptist University (CBU), how the University assessment program is conducted, the assessment results achieved to date, and how the program is used to continuously improve student learning. This document records CBU assessment results and reports starting with the 2012-2013 academic year. Prior years' assessment reports and information are available in a similar document available by clicking Here. The on-going update of this ePortfolio continues primarily in Summer months following completed Annual Assessment Reports. These Annual Assessment Reports conclude the Assessment of Student Outcomes at the conclusion of Academic Years, normally in the May-June time frame. The "current" process is posting reports for the 2013-2014 Academic Year.
STRUCTURE OF THIS LIVETEXT DOCUMENT
1. The panel on the left of your screen is the Table of Contents for this entire document. It shows you the various "pages" the document contains. Each page also contains several sub-categories referred to as sections. Listed below are brief descriptions for each page and their subordinate sections to assist you in accessing the document portions you want to review.
a. This Welcome and Introduction page (1) contains three PowerPoint presentations to introduce program assessment.
b. The Overview of Assessment at CBU page (2) provides information on the "philosophy" of assessment at California Baptist University.
c. The Assessment Planning page (3) presents various relevant items. The first section is Assessment Policy and Procedures and it provides guidance for all Colleges, Schools, and Departments on how to conduct their annual Assessment activities. Included in this section are guidelines, timelines, and descriptions of the required Overall Plan (OPlan), Annual Assessment Plan (APlan) and the Yearly Assessment Report (YReport), as well as a brief discussion of the required Program Review process. Next is a glossary of key terms followed by four attachments: University Strategic Planning Information; a graphic representation of the assessment process at CBU; An "Improving the Learning Environment" graphic; and the Strategic Planning Handbook. The second section on this page is where the University Assessmet Handbook is found and briefly discussed. Finally, information is provided on the University Assessment Committee, including current year's minutes along with those of several previous years.
d. The Longitudinal Review page (4) presents a historial review of the Student Learning Outcomes assessment process as well as some brief comments. Included on this page are a Brief Look Across Time; CBU Program Review: A Historical Look; Academic Year University Assessment Activities; and Where Do We Go From here?
e. The next page (5) CURRENT Reports Page (and Immediate Past reports back to 2012-2013) contains the Assessment Reports Sections, arranged by Schools and Colleges. This is the largest part of this document and where you can discover individual School, College, and Department reports on the results of their annual assessment activities and improvement plans base on these results. Each individual report is a multi-year portfolio (beginning with the 2012-2013 reporting year) consisting of Primary Documents (Mission Statement, Curriculum Map and Overall Assessment Plan) and Yearly Documents (Annual Assessment Plan and Yearly Assessment Report). The Primary Documents page for each unit is relatively static, but may undergo editing based on yearly assessment results. The Yearly Documents pages are where the "multi-year" aspect of the document is visible. Each program develops the required yearly documents-- an Annual Assessment Plan (APlan) and Yearly Assessment Report (YReport) for each year, providng a longitudinal view of the program's assessment activities, progress, and results. Following the link for each of the reports, you will find a "Assessment Report(s)" link that will allow you to view the result(s) of the University's evaluation of the individual program reports.
f. The Standards page (6) lists the CBU Universty Student Outcomes (USOs) and the WASC FEEE standards. Also included on this page is a table showing the "cross-over" relationships between the CBU University Student Outcomes (USOs), the reduction of the USOs termed the University "Core Four" and the WASC Core Competencies.
g. The Final page titled Insititutional Research Portal takes you to the location on CBU Website dedicated to Institutional Research Planning and Assessment.
2. You are invited to review all the various sections and pages detailing CBU Assessment and the many actions CBU takes to pursue its commitment to demonstrated student learning.
3. Additional information explaining CBU's assessment program is available below in the next section.