Graduate Programs

Graduate assessment at UCSC is as diverse and unique as its program offerings. Assessment specialists partner with faculty across the campus to develop and conduct assessment of student learning in Master's, DMA, and PhD programs.

Master's Program Assessment

Faculty in Master's (MA, MS, MFA) programs typically select 1 or 2 program learning outcomes to assess, and collect data on these outcomes over 1-2 years. After receiving a detailed report of assessment results from the IRAPS assessment team, graduate programs have one full year (Year 3) to develop implications and next steps based on their findings.

Starting in Fall 2020, reporting requirements are now simpler and more streamlined (Download fillable form). Report is due at the end of Year 3.

Here's how assessment specialists help graduate program faculty with each step of the process:

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Doctorate Program Assessment

There are two different approaches to assessment in PhD/DMA programs:

(A) Assess graduate students at milestones (e.g., QE, proposal, defense)

(B) Assess graduate students in courses or at first-year exam

Faculty in DMA and PhD programs typically select 2 or 3 program learning outcomes to assess, and collect data on these outcomes over 2-3 years. After receiving a detailed report of assessment results from the IRAPS assessment team, graduate programs have one full year (Year 4) to develop implications and next steps based on their findings.

Starting in Fall 2020, reporting requirements are now simpler and more streamlined (Download fillable form). Report is due at the end of Year 4.

 

Here's how assessment specialists help graduate program faculty with each step of the process:

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