Assessment of Learning in all Academic Programs

The faculty of every academic program takes responsibility for assessing and evaluating the degree to which students achieve the learning outcomes of the program.

The learning outcomes and assessment plans are available at Assessment in Undergraduate Programs and Assessment in Graduate Programs

ABET accreditation review processes and South Dakota Mines program review processes (for programs not ABET accredited) serve to ensure that vital assessment processes are followed in all academic programs.   

Assessment of General Education

Learning outcomes for General Education are common for all regental schools.  The SDBOR defines the Goals in Policy 2:7.

From the mid-1990s to 2017, the ACT Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) exam was used as a high-stakes mid-point assessment to ensure all students achieved required learning in math, writing, reading, and science reasoning. Faculty developed additional assessments to assess learning pertaining to written and oral communication, information literacy, humanities, and social sciences.

In 2016-2017, faculty from across all schools in the Board of Regent’s system collaborated to design an “artifact-based” assessment framework for the learning outcomes. Details on the development of this new process and historical data from the CAAP exam at General Education Assessment