Six Steps to Continuous Improvement of Student Learning (Closing the Loop)

6 Steps to CQI

Six Steps to Continuous Improvement of Student Learning (Closing the Loop)​

What are the six steps to guide an assessment process?

1. Identify in broad terms what mission and educational goals are valued

2. Articulate multiple measurable objectives for each goal

3. Select appropriate approaches to assess how well students are meeting the articulated objectives

4. Select appropriate measures that can be administered, analyzed, and interpreted for evidence of student learning outcomes

5. Communicate assessment findings to those involved in the process of assessment

6. Use feedback to make changes and inform curricular decisions and reevaluate the assessment process with the intent to continuously improve the quality of student learning.

These six steps can be applied to different levels or areas of student learning such as that of a program (e.g. graduate program or a program designed for a learning community), a major field of study (e.g. music), or a course (e.g. English 10001). The steps are useful for programs in academic units that are degree granting as well as for the wide range of programs and processes that influence learning, such as distance learning, library resources or liberal education courses.