Honors Program Assessment: A User's Guide

Dear Colleagues,

I'm writing to let you know about the new and improved assessment we'll be doing in Honors. Some parts of it will be familiar and some new, so have patience with me while I explain it to you:

 1. As you know, all General Education classes are now assessed according to the learning outcomes established by the different disciplines. As well as assessing Honors Program outcomes, we will also assess our Gen Ed classes with university wide learning outcomes, just like classes within departments.

You will find a spreadsheet below for the different disciplines (CA, HU, LS, PS, and SS). As the class teacher, you are responsible for completing the spreadsheet and returning it to us electronically, with appropriate artifacts.  If you need help or want assistance submitting artifacts, please contact Aubrey Jenkins Lord.  The completed spreadsheet and artifacts are due at the end of the semester that you are teaching. This is not an optional form of assessment; it's required of any of us teaching Gen Ed classes, Honors included.

2. We will continue to gather data specific to the Honors Program, using the Honors Program learning outcomes listed on your discipline-specific spreadsheet. Towards the end of the semester, an Honors staff person will contact you to set up a time when your class meets that we can conduct Honors Program assessments. Why on paper and in your class? Because we've found that we gather more complete information when we have a captive audience.

When we come to your class, we'll give the following two assessment pieces to your students:

Student Course Assessment—This form is based on Honors Program learning outcomes and assesses what students learned in your class.

Student Program Assessment—This form assesses the students’ experience of the Honors Program, not your course.

We will also give you, the teacher, the following form to complete, as we're interested in your feedback on the class, the Honors Program, and our support of what you do:

Faculty Course Assessment

After grades have been posted, we will send you a copy of the students' comments on your class. I will also write you a personalized letter, quoting the best comments, for you to include in your tenure file.

Please make contact with me if you have any questions or concerns about our assessment process.

Best wishes,


Dr. Judy Elsley
Professor of English
Honors Program Director
Weber State University


Assessment Documents and Templates

Faculty Templates

Honors Evidence of Learning Spreadsheets
Creative Arts
Life Sciences
Physical Sciences
Social Sciences

End of Semester Assessment Documents

Faculty Assessments
Faculty Course Assessment

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