Assessment Plan for the MBA Program
Department of Business
University of Wisconsin - Parkside
I. Determinants of Assessment Requirements
It is useful to be aware of the requisites this Assessment Plan must satisfy,
because several internal and external requirements exist. First, there are two external
bodies that set minimum assessment standards, namely, AACSB International and the
Higher Learning Commission. Next, at the UW System level, periodic guidelines are sent
to all UW campuses for assessing and reporting on verbal and quantitative skills of
students, mostly in line with guidelines established by the Higher Learning Commission.
At the campus level, the General Education Committee determines the General
Education competencies which apply to all students regardless of major. The Academic
Achievement Assessment Committee oversees the assessment efforts of all departments
mostly for compliance with the guidelines of the Higher Learning Commission and the
UW System. Another university-level expectation is the program review that every
academic program is required to conduct once every five years. Additionally, the
Committee on Academic Planning (CAP) ensures that a department’s academic programs
are in line with the departmental and university missions and that the department has a
process for conducting ongoing assessment of student learning. Finally, at the
departmental level, the department’s mission and objectives, written in the context of
overall environment, require assessment.
The figure below represents all of the above factors in a kind of Venn diagram.
The overlap between any two factors represents, roughly, how much they have in
common. The Assessment Plan, represented by the outer rectangle has to cover all of
Figure 1. A Venn diagram representation of assessment requirements.
II. Committees involved in Assessment