University of Wisconsin–Madison

Institutional Plan for Assessing Student Learning

Adopted by the University Council on Academic Affairs and Assessment (UCAAA) in 2015, the UW-Madison Plan for the Assessment of Student Learning describes a strategic and systematic process of improving the quality of degree and co-curricular programs at UW-Madison through the assessment of student learning. UW-Madison’s plan for assessing student learning is dynamic and grounded in the university’s mission and strategic plan, and upholds the philosophy that student learning assessment should be an integrated, ongoing component of academic life and the student experience.

UW-Madison Assessment Principles

UW-Madison student learning assessment efforts are guided by the following principles.

  • Many of the regular activities of academic life are evaluative; when approached from a systematic perspective, they are forms of assessment.
  • Student learning assessment is ongoing, iterative and faculty driven.
  • Collaboration between academic and co-curricular programs aligns assessment efforts to enhance the Wisconsin Experience.
  • Student learning assessment supplements and supports curricular and academic planning processes.
  • Assessment informs curricular decision-making across schools/colleges, divisions, academic programs and courses

UW-Madison was named to the inaugural class of Excellence in Assessment designees in August 2016.

The program recognizes the institution’s commitment to the comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes as a means to drive internal improvement and advance student success. Learn more.