Course Assessment Procedures
Overview of Quantitative Assessment
Slide presentation for instructors, TAs,
Review any material that would affect how you plan to teach the course
in the upcoming semester. These materials should include at least the
SPAD and ICE results from the previous offering of the course.
These forms from earlier semesters are
When you have completed your review, fill out a PCR (Pre-Course Review)
form, available here.
On the PCR form indicate how you plan to better this semester's
offering of the course based on direct and indirect data from previous
offerings. (Direct data are student performance results shown on SPAD forms
while indirect data are student opinions about their performance as
expressed in the ACE student course evaluations.)
The PCR form serves to demonstrate that we are "closing the loop"
and improving the course with each offering.
Complete the PCR form prior to the beginning of the course.
Send it to the department director.
PCR forms will be posted here
At approximately the midpoint of the course, allocate about 5 minutes
of class time to have students fill out paper copies of the
Midterm Survey form.
The form asks students to provide feedback so that issues
with the course might be corrected during the semester, not after.
Read what the students have written, consider their comments and
adjust the course as necessary. These forms need not be archived.
Immediately after the end of the course,
fill out SPAD and ICE forms.
For Fall 2011 and later, the department has switched to using SPAD and ICE
forms inside the ACE system. To fill out an ACE SPAD form, do the following:
- Gather student performance data for each instrument.
- For each instrument, decide what level of performance (on that
instrument alone) constitutes "A" work, or "B" work, etc.
- Compute student performance on that instrument on a 4-point scale.
The computation proceeds in the obvious way. For example, if 3 students
did A work, 2 students did B work, and 3 students did C work, then the
computed performance for that instrument is (3*4 + 2*3 + 3*2)/8 = 3.00.
So overall student performance on that instrument was 3.00 on a 4-point scale.
- Enter the computed number for each instrument onto the ACE SPAD form.
A PDF copy of the SPAD should be saved and sent to the department director
for posting at
The ACE SPAD form is accessible as follows:
- Login at
using your MyStevens credentials.
- Verify that the correct semester is shown in the upper right.
- On the first page there should be sections labeled "SPAD Surveys"
and "ICE Surveys" for each course you taught that semester. Click on
the "Take Survey" button in the SPAD area.
- Under "Statistic Used For Results" choose "d) Other" and type in
"avg on 4 point scale"
- Type in number of students (N) and computed number (Result)
for each course outcome then click "Submit."
- After submission, create a PDF copy and send it to the department
Fill out the ICE form similarly.