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Office of University Assessment
659 Ardelia Court
P.O. Box 70600, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Tallahassee, FL 32307

Assessment Planning Templates, and Timelines

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) defines assessment as “a systematic process of documenting and analyzing the effectiveness of the teaching and learning processes to ensure that the expectations and standards are met in fulfilling the mission of FAMU. The process includes monitoring and enhancing the administrative and educational support structure that leads to the continuous quality improvement of FAMU's academic programs and administrative and educational support services." To this end, the Office of University Assessment requires that assessments be documented in order to effectively meet the needs of both external and internal constituents. An effective and efficient system of developing and implementing assessment plans and reporting the results for each academic program and administrative unit is critical to the success of FAMU. Assessment plans enable the Office of University Assessment to clarify student learning expectations as agreed to by all parties concerned, to monitor and document on:
  • Improvements in student learning outcomes, both inside and outside the classroom, that is, the outcomes established for both academic and administrative units,
  • Institutional effectiveness, 
  • Performance measurements as required by the institutional budget planning process, 
  • Progress in the implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan, and 
  • Compliance with the requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and other specialized accrediting agencies.

Schedule of Deliverables

The Schedule of Deliverables provides a timeline for submission of various assessment plans (e.g. General Education Assessment Plan, Institutional Level Assessment Plan, Instructional Program Assessment Plan etc) to the College/School level Assessment Committees and the Office of University Assessment for review and approval. Click here to access the Schedule of Deliverables.

Annual Assessment Cycle

The Annual Assessment Cycle provides a timeline for submission of the various steps of the assessment plan throughout the academic school year.   Click here to access the Annual Assessment Cycle.

The FAMOUS Approach

Assessment at FAMU is based upon the FAMOUS assessment approach which involves six sequential and precise steps. Each letter of the acronym “FAMOUS” represents an important step that is connected to the next step in a chain that ultimately comes together to contribute to the goal of successfully developing and implementing an effective assessment plan. The assessment planning forms at FAMU, therefore, facilitate the documentation of the six steps. Click at the links below to access the FAMOUS Approach, FAMOUS Guiding Questions and the FAMOUS Flowchart.


FAMOUS Approach Guiding Questions

FAMOUS Flowchart

FAMU Assessment Planning Forms (APF)

Administrative and Educational Support Units (ADESU):  2004-20052005-20062006-2007, 2007-2008, 2011-2012

Instructional Programs (IP):  2004-20052005-20062006-2007, 2007-2008, 2011-2012

Research 2011-2012

Community Service 2011-2012

Educational Support Service 2011-2012
General Education (GE)


             Implemented Changes Data Collection Form

Sample Completed FAMU Assessment Planning Forms
Administrative and Educational Support Units (ADESU)

Instructional Programs (IP)

General Education (GE)

Implemented Changes Data Collection Form

Instructions for completing FAMU Assessment Planning Forms

The assessment process at FAMU follows the FAMOUS approach, which consists of six steps. This form facilitates the documentation of this six-step process. Please direct further questions that you may have about this process directly to the Office of University Assessment, Division of Academic Affairs.


This assessment planning form is broken down into six boxed sections. To fill it out, please enter all information in the non-shaded boxes. Each assessment cycle spans one full year that begins in September and ends in October. For each cycle, from your program/unit long list of outcomes/objectives, choose 5-7 Expected Educational Outcomes/Functional Objectives to focus on during the current year.

Beginning of the Assessment Cycle (SEPTEMBER )

Please complete the following items on this form:

General Information
  • Identify the Degree Program/Administrative Department and Educational Support Unit (ADESU) and its affiliated College/School or Division
  • Identify the Contact Person and their Contact Information
  • Complete the “Date Submitted" sections (Steps 1-3, Steps 4-5 and Step 6)
Institutional Mission/Goals Connection
  • Cite Excerpts of FAMU Mission Statement your program/unit is connected or linked with.
  • Cite specific Goals from FAMU Strategic Plan your program/unit is connected or linked with.
  • State the mission and goals of your program/unit.
  • List your program/unit's expected educational outcomes/functional objectives you will focus on during the year.
FAMOUS  Six  Steps
  • Step 1: List each outcome/objective in its own table (Step 1). Tables are provided for up to five outcomes/objectives. Copy a blank table if needed and adjust the heading (outcome/objective #) accordingly.
  • Step 2: For each outcome/objective, provide the Criteria for Success.  Please identify clearly the criteria you are setting.  Include expected percentages, expected numbers, etc. Use multiple criteria (direct and indirect) and list all criteria for any given outcome/objective in the same box.
  • Step 3: For each outcome/objective, identify the Method of Assessment. Please identify clearly the assessment method(s) (e.g. Exit Survey) by name and include the related question(s). Use multiple assessment methods (direct and indirect) and list all methods for any given outcome/objective in the same box.

End of the Assessment Cycle (OCTOBER of the following year)
  • Complete the “Date Submitted" (Steps 4-6)
  • For each outcome/objective, fill in the Summary of Results (Step 4), Use of Results (Step 5) and Strengthening of the Program Action Plan (Step 6).

Provide the submission date in the General Information table, and then submit the completed forms electronically to the Office of University Assessment following approval by your dean/program committee or VP/Divisional Assessment Committee.