Program Assessment

Program Assessment

The Office of Academic Assessment supports programmatic student learning outcomes assessment across Auburn University’s campus. In order to systematically provide feedback to academic degree programs on their assessment process, the Office of Academic Assessment implements an annual assessment report system that:

  1. Articulates quality assessment practice through a “Quality of Assessment Rubric
  2. Provides assessment resources and professional development opportunities.
  3. Provides each program with an annual feedback report on the quality of their assessment practices.

Calendar of Events

April 18 - July 1
Assessment Reports due – (Send to to
July 20-31
Meta-Assessment Institute
October 1
Feedback Reports distributed by the Office of Academic Assessment

Academic Degree Programs

submitted an assessment report
received the highest quality of assessment rating in 2019
maintain mature assessment practices
average out of
2.4 - 2016
3.06 - 2017
3.12 - 2018
3.19 - 2019
Bar chart showing assessment maturaty

Overall Quality of Assessment Maturity, by year

  • 2016: Beginning was 56; Developing was 77; Mature was 43; Exemplary was 0
  • 2017: Beginning was 21; Developing was 82; Mature was 118; Exemplary was 0
  • 2018: Beginning was 21; Developing was 70; Mature was 164; Exemplary was 6

Resources and Opportunities

Auburn’s Office of Academic Assessment endorses a five-element assessment cycle, which is directly aligned to the Quality of Assessment Rubric and Assessment Report Template (see below) and supports student learning outcome assessment at every phase of the assessment cycle (i.e., outcome creation, curriculum mapping, research design, measurement selection/creation, and using results to improve student learning).

Five-element Assessment Cycle:
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Align Outcomes to Curriculum
  • Systematic Measurement of Outcomes
  • Report, Interpret, and Communicate Results
  • Purposeful Reflection of Results/Plans for Change


All academic degree program assessment reports are due by July 1st, each year. Reports may be submitted as early as April 18th. Programs may choose to use the Office of Academic Assessment’s Assessment Report Template, though it is not required. Reports should be submitted as word or pdf files to The submission process is outlined below. Additionally, you may see our frequently asked questions page.

Report Submission
April 18th - July 1st
Institute (Peer Rating)

Feedback Reports Distributed
October 1st

Request Help

To discuss support options or to meet with a member of the Office of Academic Assessment please email us at with the following information:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Program Name (or institution if outside Auburn University)
  • What kind of support might you be interested in?
  • Please indicate up to three dates and times that you may be available to meet (if relevant).

Last updated: May 22, 2020