Analyzing Occupational Therapy Program Outcomes Across 3 Years: Closing the Loop (poster 23)
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ABSTRACTThe Program Assessment Committee in the Department of Occupational Therapy (OT) completed an analysis of student learning outcomes collected across three years in 2016, 2017, and 2018; the program transitioned away from a course-level assessment to a rubric-level evaluation plan at the beginning of the assessment cycle in 2016. The process involved retrieving, aggregating, and comparing rubric-level assessment outcomes across the years and identifying meaningful patterns when available. Of all assessment items examined, one student learning outcome was unmet across three years with a remarkable, substantial decline that was sustained in the two most recent years. To investigate the identified pattern, a task force was formed involving the members of the assessment committee as well as current and past instructors of record (IORs) of the involved course. The process yielded positive outcomes in instructor awareness and preparedness, course re-design, and deepening and strengthening student learning experiences.