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:

Tracy Bumsted, M.D., M.P.H. (School of Medicine - Undergraduate Medical Education)
Yi Cao, Ph.D. (School of Nursing - Senior Research Associate)
Robin Champieux, M.L.S. (Library - Assistant Professor)
Sarah Drummond-Hays, M.A. (School of Medicine - Physician Assistant Program)
Allison Fryer Ph.D
Paula Gubrud-Howe, R.N., Ed.D. (School of Nursing)
Lisa Marriott, Ph.D. (School of Medicine - Graduate Programs)
Jill Rissi, Ph.D. (School of Public Health - Associate Dean for Academic Affairs)
Glenise McKenzie, R.N., M.N., Ph.D. (School of Nursing - Undergraduate Programs)
Rose McPharlin, D.D.S.  (School of Dentistry - Predoctoral Programs)

Tanya Ostrogorsky, Ed.D (Director of Assessment & Faculty Development OSU/OHSU)
Alexandra Shuford, Ph. D., (School of Medicine)
Diane Stadler, Ph.D., R.D. (School of Medicine - Health Professions)

Kristi Tonning, M.S., R.T. (School of Medicine - Radiation Therapy Program)
Teresa Turnbull, D.N.P., F.N.P-C, D.C.C. (School of Nursing - Graduate Programs)
Janet Wheeler, M.A., M.S. (Teaching and Learning Center)
Sarah Shannon, (School of Nursing)
Tatum Korin, (School of Nursing)
Nancy Goldschmidt, (School of Public Health)

 Ex-Officio Members:

Constance Tucker, Ph.D., (Vice Provost for Educational Improvement and Innovation)
Robert Halstead, M.B.A. (Assistant Vice Provost for Accreditation)
Cherie Honnell, B.S. (Vice Provost of Enrollment and Academic Programs)
Anna Teske, M.P.A. (Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Approval and Policy)

Documents and Forms

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)    
OHSU Student Learning Outcomes & Assessment Policy Bloom's Taxonomy   

Bloom's Taxonomy Bloom's Taxonomy
Assessment Plan Reporting    
Reporting Timelines (AY 2012-2015) Timeline


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)  

DMD Assessment Plan



Assessment Plan Feedback Form

(Parts 4 and 5)

DMD Assessment Plan


Assessment Findings (Part 6)  
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."