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 19 - July 1
Assessment Reports due – (Submit report)
July 19-27
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
Auburn University Assessment Report Quality – overall average out of 4
3.3 - 2020
3.19 - 2019
3.12 - 2018
3.06 - 2017
2.4 - 2016

Note. In 2020, 96 programs received "exemplary" status (up from 36 in 2019) indicating the programs were rated as a 3 (mature) or above on every element of the Quality of Assessment Rubric, of which 19 received a rating 0f 4 on every element of the Quality of Assessment Rubric.

Overall Assessment Maturity, by year

  • 2016: Beginning was 32%; Developing was 44%; Mature was 24%; Exemplary was 0%
  • 2017: Beginning was 10%; Developing was 37% Mature was 53%; Exemplary was 0%
  • 2018: Beginning was 8%; Developing was 27%; Mature was 63%; Exemplary was 2%
  • 2019: Beginning was 6%; Developing was 25%; Mature was 65%; Exemplary was 4%
  • 2019: Beginning was 5%; Developing was 18%; Mature was 69%; Exemplary was 48%

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

Reporting Resources

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

Submit Assessment Report

Please submit your Assessment Report by uploading it to Box below. You may drag your file directly into the submission window, or you may click the link “browse your device” to select the file on your computer. Your file should be in a .pdf or .doc/docx format.

Your report title should follow this format: College_Dept_Degree_2020.
For example: LA_PsychologicalSciences_BS_2021.

Report submission will open on April 18 and will conclude on July 1.

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: April 06, 2021