Not all goals have to be addressed every year! Developing an assessment plan is critical to achieving a systematic framework for collecting information to guide improvements. Plans cover a range of activities that are implemented over a one to three year period. Not all assessment activities are necessarily covered every year. Each year, goals, learning outcomes, assessment activities, and the results are shared with faculty to stimulate action for improving instruction.

Assessment champions from each program are important for this process. For academic programs, the assessment plan is developed by the assessment coordinator, chair/program coordinator and the tenured or tenure track faculty members in the program.

Some assessment activities are guided by accreditation requirements. The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment is available to assist in these efforts. At the College level, assessment of student learning is often structured to satisfy the requirement of accrediting bodies while also satisfying the strategic goals of the University. At Northeastern, the College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The College of Business and Management is seeking accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Baccalaureate Goals and Higher Learning Commission. Northeastern adopted baccalaureate goals that all undergraduates will meet upon graduation. The University is participating in the Higher Learning Commission Assessment Academy to help programs assess the degree to which their graduates are achieving these goals. The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment is working with the Academy Team on this task.