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Program Outcomes Assessment and Evaluation for Continuous Improvements


Saleh M. Altowaijri, Atiq Ur Rahman, Hejab M. Alfawareh


Vol. 19  No. 4  pp. 40-46


Assessment and Evaluation of the program outcomes are the two major part in continuous improvement. Assessment is one or more processes that identify, collect, and prepare data to evaluate the achievement of Student/ Program outcomes and program educational objectives. Evaluation is one or more processes for interpreting the data and evidence accumulated through assessment practices. Evaluation determines the extent to which Student Outcomes and Program Educational Objectives are being achieved, and results in decisions and actions to improve the program. Continuous improvements state that there must be a documented and effectively implemented Continuous Improvement process. To demonstrate that an academic program's continuous improvement process is effective, there must be a plan for assessing all student outcomes. Usually that ""plan"" means having a plan to assess all the student outcomes every two years, that is, half of them every year. To demonstrate that the process is effective, at least some of the student outcomes must have completed a full cycle of the assessment process. In this Paper we present an assessment and evaluation model to complete the ""full cycle"" of an assessment and evaluation. Completing a full cycle means that First, create the assessment with a goal of achievement. Second, collect and evaluate the student data. Third, do analysis and provide feedback. Fourth, Action and Implementation, means that design necessary changes and implement it to close the loop. Fifth, Re- assessment, the student outcome is assessed again to see whether the changes improved the student achievement as intended.


Accreditations, Student outcome, Program educational objectives, Assessment, Evaluation, Continuous Improvement