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Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning - George Mason University


Annual Assessment

As an accredited institution in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Mason’s academic and administrative units are expected to participate in ongoing outcomes assessment and reporting. This process supports continuous improvement and improved decision-making, as well as regional accreditation and state requirements for the assessment of student learning. The university has moved to an annual assessment schedule, and all degree programs and administrative units need to report assessment plans and findings on an annual basis. Regardless of a unit’s Academic Program Review or external accreditation schedule, annual assessment reporting is a university-wide activity required of all degree programs and administrative units.


Academic programs and certain certificate programs are required to identify student learning outcomes, and map those outcomes to their curriculum through a curriculum map. Programs will assess one outcome per year and report on that assessment in the Tk20 assessment management system.


All administrative support areas are required to identify goals and assess outcomes in support of the University’s Strategic Plan ( These goals should focus on improvements and projects that will contribute to the university’s ability to achieve its strategic goals, and for moving toward improvement in the unit’s operations.


Relationship to Academic Program Review (APR)

APR and annual assessment are complementary processes. Programs should use the same learning outcomes, measures, and findings for each process.


Relationship to Co-Curricular Program Review (CCPR)
CCPR and annual assessment are complementary processes. The Action Plan for Co-Curricular Program Review should be developed in alignment with the annual assessment plan in mind.


Student Learning Outcomes Assessment for Academic ProgramsThe 2021-2022 Assessment Feedback Rubric is a guide for academic annual assessment.


The following examples of annual assessment elements were submitted by programs at Mason.


Additionally, our 2020-2021 Getting Started with Tk20 Guide provides a step-by-step resource for academic units submitting their annual assessments.


1 Principles 7.3 and 8.2, The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, 2018, Third Edition, First Printing,


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