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Analyze, Interpret, and Share Data

After data are collected from a sufficient number of graduate students, programs should enter data into TracDat, analyze it, and summarize the results.

Given that assessment is a continuous process, programs should schedule an annual meeting with program faculty, staff, and students to review and discuss the results.

Methods used to analyze the data and criteria for discussing the results should be set forth in the assessment plan. At a minimum, data should be compared to the criteria that have been set for each goal/outcome.

It is important to remember that not every goal/outcome needs to be assessed each year. Goals/outcomes should be analyzed every 3-5 years, depending on the size of the graduate program.


TracDat is the software tool adopted by Ohio State to facilitate assessment planning, documentation, and reporting. The software allows programs to enter learning goals and outcomes, measures, and reporting data. Once these data are entered, the reporting function will generate an assessment plan as well as an assessment report following the input of results.

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