Howard Annual Assessment Process (HAAP) Overview
All universities should have an institution-wide process that assesses the degree to which academic and administrative units reach their student learning or operational outcomes. The university-wide assessment process at Howard university is called the Howard Annual Assessment Process (HAAP).
These plans serve three inter-related purposes:
Annual assessment activities help units continuously improve and track the degree to which improvements contribute to unit success.
Annual assessment plans constitute evidence that institutions are working towards institutional effectiveness for regional and discipline-specific accreditors.
Annual assessment plans help units make data-driven decisions and support resource requests and annual reports to administration.
The assessment cycle is a closed loop of planning, implementing, measuring, collecting and analyzing, reporting and strategizing, improving, and then planning again. The cycle is closed by departments’ and units’ use of data for continuous improvement. Assessment is an ongoing activity with different benchmarks that allow units to debrief, discuss, and redirect their efforts towards more effective use of resources to meet unit goals.
The Howard Annual Assessment Process is an anchor to a variety of assessment-related activities at Howard which all have the ultimate goal of continuous improvement.