The UW-Madison Plan for the Assessment of Student Learning calls for every academic program, including general education, to have active assessment plans in place, conduct at least one assessment activity each year and report annually to the Office of the Provost, including plans for improvement. Specifically, assessment plans should specify at least three to five learning outcomes, identify assessment strategies to determine how students are meeting these learning expectations, and review and summarize the findings. A Basic Assessment Plan for Academic Programs and the Assessment Plan Template for Undergraduate Programs are intended as a guide for program faculty and staff who are developing their assessment plans.
Academic programs must be reviewed at least once every ten years under University Academic Planning Council (UAPC) policy, Board of Regents policy, and federal financial aid regulations. All new academic programs must be reviewed five years after implementation. The purpose of program review is to examine strengths and challenges, to celebrate accomplishments, and to reflect on, and plan for, the future. Program review is a platform for exploring ways to maintain and enhance the academic quality of academic activities.