Assessment and Program Review Committee–divided into two committees (4/15/2015 faculty meeting)–Academic Program Improvement (APIC) and Student Learning Improvement (SLIC)

Overview of SLIC:

The Student Learning Improvement Committee is responsible for reviewing the results of the annual student learning assessment reports of the academic majors and academic support programs. SLIC will administer the annual assessment of the general education program and make recommendations about improving student learning to the academic departments and academic support programs based on the results of the annual student learning assessment reports.

Overview of APIC Mandate:

The Academic Program Improvement Committee is charged with regularly evaluating departments, programs, cornerstones and competencies. APIC adopted process and criteria for all major reviews and annual updates can be found in links at the bottom of this page. APIC intends that these guidelines lead departments and programs to an analytical assessment of, and not simply to a description of, departments and programs. Emphasis is placed on strengths, concerns and issues for the future for each department and program. These guidelines will allow individual program reviews to flow directly into the assessment of the College for future North Central accreditations. More importantly, this self-assessment will help departments and programs to build upon their strengths and make plans to remedy areas of weakness.

The Review Process (in brief):

The assessment and program review process consists of (a) the completion and submission of a regularly scheduled assessment report (see The Simpson College Assessment and Program Review Process and Criteria for Department and Program Assessment) to be completed by most* departments and academic programs on an eight year cycle (see the APIC Department and Program Assessment Schedule), and (b) the completion and submission of brief, annual updates to the regularly scheduled assessment report.

* Departments that maintain accreditation from an outside agency may be reviewed on a cycle that reflects the cycle of that accrediting agency.

The Role of APIC in the Review Process:

The Academic Program Improvement Committee will review the regularly scheduled assessment reports of all departments and programs. The committee meets with external evaluators, reads all assessment reports, asks questions for clarification, and makes suggestions in the interest of improving the value of the assessment and the quality of the report. It should be clear that the committee’s role is to validate the assessment process and final evaluation report. APIC is not tasked with evaluating the department or program. The required External Evaluation Team (see External Visit Guidelines) will be instrumental in providing an evaluation of program and department structure. Although it does not substitute its judgment for the judgment of the department, APIC may make recommendations to the department and to the Dean concerning departmental programs.

Each year the Academic Program Improvement Committee will collect and review the annual updates to the regularly scheduled assessment report.

As a part of the review of the annual updates, the committee will review the format of the annual update and issue modifications to the specific topics addressed for the following year’s update.


Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes:
Defining Student Learning Outcomes
Assessable Verbs List
Selecting Assessment Instruments
Curriculum Mapping
Curriculum Map Fillable Word Form     Excel form

Annual Assessment Reports:
Example of Assessment Grid
Annual Assessment Report Blank Form
Most Common Comments on SLIC Annual Assessment Report Forms

Program Review:
Diagram of Program Review Process
APIC Department and Program Assessment Schedule
Academic Department Review Template
Graduate Program Review Template
External Visit Guidelines
Self-Study Timeline

National Institute on Learning Outcomes Assessment document

Committees and Members