Why are assessment results often not used to effect IS program improvement? Although both AACSB and ABET place great emphasis on the establishment of a systematic process for the collection and evaluation of academic program assessment data, moving assessment from a data collection activity to a mechanism for program improvement has proven to be a challenge for many programs. The ultimate goal of program assessment is improvement of the academic program. Achieving this goal requires demonstrating how an assessment process affects the quality of the academic program. This workshop will explore the barriers to effective use of assessment results for program improvement and will discuss strategies for addressing these barriers. In addition, different methods and tools that are currently being used to effectively “close the loop” will be presented. Examples specific to the information systems curriculum will be used. Participants will be encouraged to discuss and share the “best assessment practices” developed at their institutions. Practical examples will be presented that help faculty establish effective mechanisms and processes for program improvement at their institutions.
Jacobson, Carolyn; Leidig, Paul; Kasper, George M.; and Mathieu, Richard G., "Completing the Loop: IS Program Improvement through Outcomes Assessment" (2010). AMCIS 2010 Proceedings. 387.