In 2003, a faculty college-wide Assurance of Learning Task Force (ALTF) was created and charged with coordinating the development of relevant learning goals for the Lerner College and with establishing program learning objectives for the individual department degree programs. The ALTF is comprised of an AACSB Assurance of Learning faculty director and representatives from each of the Lerner College academic departments and the MBA program. In developing goals and objectives, committee members met with their respective department faculty and with members of the University’s Educational Assessment Office, who provided expertise regarding best practices and effective assessment measures.
Through this committee, with support from faculty and chairpersons and guidance from the Dean, the Lerner College goals and program learning objectives were established. Assessment strategies for the Lerner College goals were developed, approved by the faculty and implemented starting with the spring 2007 semester. Progress reports and updates are provided by the faculty director at each of the Lerner College’s faculty meetings and at the monthly Dean’s Administrative Council meetings of department chairpersons and selected Lerner College administrators.
Three Lerner College goals were developed based upon those skills critical for success in business and for lifetime achievement. Whether students are seeking a career in business, continuing studies at the graduate level, or pursuing other avenues, the values and skills related to ethics, effective communication, and computer applications are essential. The goals may be found on the College Goals page.
In addition to the college-wide goals, the ALTF worked with the department chairpersons and faculty to develop program learning objectives and corresponding assessment measures. As part of the assessment process, program objectives were evaluated through a wide range of measures, such as specific course exam questions, final grades, class projects and oral presentations. The individual department chairpersons then conducted an outcomes assessment and determined appropriate action for closing the loop on feedback. Examples include discussions with specific faculty, adjusting time spent on relevant concepts, reviewing selected syllabi and focusing teaching on those learning objectives determined to be imperative to the success of the student. Details of the learning objectives and assessment measures may be found on the Program Learning Objectives page.