The purpose of Outcomes Assessment is to be able to collect the data necessary to conduct ongoing and systematic assessment and evaluation at an institutional level. In support of this, Reporting serves two purposes: to collect the data in a way that allows it to be analyzed and to display the result of assessment. Reports are relevant to every Outcomes Assessment stakeholder, from the president and provost, to faculty members, accreditation committees, and deans and chairs. Every constituent is looking for ways to demonstrate the institution’s impact on learning and the effectiveness of teaching. Gathering this information and making it available for general consumption in the appropriate way ensures they can do that.
Reporting gives institutions the visibility that they need to demonstrate progress across the institution and over time. The ability to report on student achievement and teaching effectiveness enables access to performance at the institutional, program, unit, course, and instrument levels. Reporting also enables institutions to assess return on investment as participation and input can be collected and analyzed.
Reporting is used to view summary information about Outcomes Assessment entities. Reports are also accessed on a regular basis by people who use data to help them make timely decisions, such as assessing whether a program’s objectives need to be updated, if courses in the curriculum map are achieving the desired learning outcomes, if an instrument used for evaluating learning is effective, and more.
Outcomes Assessment collects data for analysis and displays the results using Reports. Several reports are available that apply to academic users ranging from teachers to presidents and provosts. Reports provide the evidence of learning and the effectiveness of the education process.
Report Definitions serve as templates for reports. Outcomes Assessment includes standard Report Definitions that can be run from within the system. The administrator can manage the availability of reports to specific contexts, such as Units and Courses. When a report is run, it takes data from that context, applies it to the Report Definition, and generates an output. In addition, the Administrator can define the report title and description for each Report Definition. To learn more, see Report Definitions.
Configuring the Appearance of Reports
Reports can be user-defined through the application of Report Brands. Report Brands add a custom component above the standard header and footer line. Users may add text or images or a combination to create a specific appearance. Report Brands are added at the System level and made available system-wide or limited to a specific context such as Units or Courses.
To add a Report Brand:
- On the Administrator Panel, click Reporting.
- Click System-level Brands.
- Click Create Brands.
- Type a Name for the Brand, and optionally a Description.
- Under Header and Footer:
- Type the Alt Text that will be read by screen readers for accessibility.
- Click Choose File to attach a file from your computer or Browse to attach an image from the Content Collection.
- Click Submit.
Viewing Reports and User Privileges
Access to Reports is controlled through role-based privileges. Users granted privileges within a context can view reports made available to that context. Reports can be set to Secure, allowing only those users that are defined as Secure Managers to view the report.