Assessment and Evaluation

OHSU is committed to achieving and maintaining the highest level of quality in all of its academic programs and ensuring that our academic assessment activities and processes are transparent to both internal and external stakeholders.

To support this commitment, and comply with OHSU policy regarding Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment, OHSU Assessment Council is a standing committee advising the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs on matters concerning institution-wide assessment of educational programs, student learning outcomes, and the resources needed to support such assessments.

The Assessment Council ensures that academic assessment and accountability are institutional priorities and supports OHSU's mission to educate health care professionals, scientists, and leaders in top-tier positions (charge approved Nov 2011).

The responsibilities of the OHSU Assessment Council shall be to:

  • Implement standards for assessment of educational programs and student learning outcomes;
  • Develop mechanisms by which academic units and programs engage in assessment of student learning outcomes contributing to the continuous improvement of their program offerings and student outcomes;
  • Ensure clarity, specificity, functionality and alignment of the programmatic evaluation and student assessment practices with OHSU's mission and strategic goals;
  • Monitor the established educational assessment process and performance outcomes data from a university-wide perspective forwarding analysis to the Deans' Council and Provost for consideration and integration into the overall University strategic planning process; and
  • Contribute to the self-study process required to maintain the university's regional accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU);

As needed, the Assessment Council will recommend improvements in instruction, staffing, curriculum, and student and academic services to the OHSU Provost. The full charter can be viewed here. OHSU Assessment Council reports to the OHSU Academic & Student Affairs Council (David Robinson, Chair).

Members include:

(School of Dentistry) (Teaching & Learning Center) 503-494-4627 (School of Medicine - Undergraduate Medical Education)
(School of Dentistry - Graduate Programs)
(School of Nursing) (Physician Assistant Program) (School of Nursing - Faculty Senator) (School of Medicine - Graduate Programs)
. (School of Nursing - Undergraduate Programs)
  (School of Dentistry - Predoctoral Programs)
(Teaching & Learning Center) 503-494-2527 (Provost Office – Assessment Council Chair) 503-494-6567 (School of Medicine - Health Professions)
(School of Nursing - Graduate Programs)

Documents and Forms

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)    
  OHSU Student Learning Outcomes & Assessment Policy   OHSU SLO and Assessment Policy

  Bloom's Taxonomy Bloom's Taxonomy

Assessment Plan Reporting    
  Reporting Timelines (AY 2012-15)  

Reporting Timelines

  Instructions for Accessing Xitracs programs module



Xitracs Instructions

  Program Reporting Requirements  

Program Reporting Requirements

  Assessment Plan Instructions

Assessment Plan Instructions

  Assessment Plan Template

Assessment Plan Template

OHSU Scoring Rubrics & Feedback Tools    

SLO Scoring Rubric

(Part 3)

SLO Scoring Rubric


Assessment Plan Feedback Form

(Parts 4 and 5)

Assessment Plan Feedback Form

Examples & Templates
  Assessment Plan Example - DMD
 DMD Assessment Plan
  Assessment Plan Example - PA
 PA Program Assessment Plan
  Assessment Plan Example - SOM PhD
SOM PhD Assessment Plan 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) Assessment

To ensure the highest levels of quality, all academic programs create and implement assessment plans that articulate student learning outcomes and assessment activities for determining student achievement of outcomes. Additionally, all academic programs reflect on student assessment and program statistical data as part of an annual reflection and review process.

The OHSU Assessment Plan has several components all of which are designed to support processes in which OHSU academic programs engage in meaningful data-driven program improvement as well as meet our regional accrediting bodies' standards.Specifically regarding SLOs, NWCCU:

  • Standard 2: Resources and Capacity - Educational Resources
    "By documenting the adequacy of its resources and capacity, the institution demonstrates the potential to fulfill its mission, accomplish its core theme objectives, and achieve the intended outcomes of its programs and services, wherever offered and however delivered. Through its governance and decision-making structures, the institution establishes, reviews regularly, and revises, as necessary, policies and procedures that promote effective management and operation of the institution."

  • Standard 4: Effectiveness and Improvement – Assessment and Improvement
    "The institution regularly and systematically collects data related to clearly defined indicators of achievement, analyzes those data, and formulates evidence-based evaluations of the achievement of core theme objectives. It demonstrates clearly defined procedures for evaluating the integration and significance of institutional planning, the allocation of resources, and the application of capacity in its activities for achieving the intended outcomes of its programs and services and for achieving its core theme objectives. The institution disseminates assessment results to its constituencies and uses those results to effect improvement."