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Successful Operational Plans

The Operational Plan and Assessment Report (OPAR) gives information about each department or division’s achievement of their goals. Together, the reports demonstrate the University’s progress in achieving the goals of the Strategic Plan.

Rubric
Successful Operational Plans for our academic departments will consist of the following:
  1. Measurable goals that are aligned with the FSU mission statement and the Strategic Plan. Goals that are stated in broad or vague terms (such as commitment to lifelong learning) may be difficult and time-consuming to assess. Statements should be specific and quantifiable.
  2. Each department should have at least one goal pertaining to student learning. It will provide evidence of student learning in the degree program areas. This can be accomplished by attaching program assessment reports to the OPAR. The program assessment reports share the faculty’s data-based efforts to continuously improve student learning.
  3. Each department should have at least one goal related to the improvement of retention and graduation rates.
Helpful Hints
  1. OPARs should answer the following questions:
    1. Is there any evidence that we reflected on the data collected?
    2. Is there any evidence that we used the results to improve?
  2. OPARs should be SMART:
    1. S – Specific outcomes identified
    2. M – Measurable outcomes that can be quantified or assessed
    3. A – Actions to be taken are well defined
    4. R – Reasonable actions or measures are used in the plan
    5. T – Timely actions are utilized
  3. Measurement instruments may include assessments of critical thinking, NSSE, advising, rubrics related to student learning, exit exams, and other quantifiable data.
  4. Consistency should be evident in the OPARs from one semester to the next.
    1. Measurement instruments should remain consistent to facilitate comparison. If the instrument used in one semester is different than the next, it becomes difficult to compare student growth.
    2. The goals should be numbered in the same manner, allowing a reviewer to find the information easily.
  5. The use of results may include revised service, revised process, implemented new policy, informed budget, change assessment, development training, etc.
  6. It is possible to stagger the use of NSSE and direct measures in different years to measure the achievements of the department, division, or unit.
  7. Use an Outcome Sustainability Map or Cycle of Review! This is a matrix that shows when certain outcomes are measured (yearly, biannually, etc.). It ensures that there is a plan for the timely measurement of all goals.

You can simply place an "X" marking the year or semester in which a goal is measured. Remember, it can be staggered, with some goals measured every other year.

Outcomes

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

     

 

Fall

Spring

Fall

Spring

Fall

Spring

Goal 1

X

 

X

 

X

 

Goal 2

X

X

X

X

X

X

Goal 3

 

X

 

X

 

X

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