How to conquer three common assessment challenges

February 13, 2024 Watermark Insights


Tired of navigating the complexities of assessment? Ready to say goodbye to the struggle and embrace a smoother evaluation journey? Fret not! Uncover a pathway to ease as we delve into practical solutions for three prevalent assessment challenges. Discover insights that promise to revolutionize your approach, making the assessment process a breeze — or, at least, much easier. 

There’s no need to continue slogging through outdated assessment processes. You can dive in and empower yourself with transformative solutions. Read on for work-arounds to three of the most common assessment challenges.

You have no way to analyze mass amounts of data

Solution: Evaluate learning outcomes through curriculum maps, assessment plans, and insightful dashboards.

Kudos to your dedicated faculty and staff for meticulously gathering the necessary information from various courses and programs. They have done an outstanding job collecting data, but now it’s time to crunch the numbers.

The true potential of this valuable information can be unlocked through a digital solution This solution should offer a way to easily analyze that data and keep it from being hidden in filing cabinets, on people’s computers, and in storage boxes. With this tool, you should also be able to craft outcome and curriculum maps for seamless alignment, document assessment plans, and gain comprehensive insights.

Enter Watermark Planning & Self-Study, which allows you to create:

  • Outcome and curriculum maps that quickly identify alignment throughout a program’s courses and activities.
  • Assessment plans that document which outcomes are being assessed and their associated measurements.
  • Insightful dashboards that paint a holistic picture of learning.

Your assessment process involves duplicate effort

Solution: Integrate your learning management system (LMS) with your Watermark platform to use existing data and connect planning and measurement.

Enhancing work efficiency is a near-universal aspiration. Everyone wants (and needs) more effective ways to work. That’s why having a system where you can reuse data rather than enter it multiple times into multiple systems is essential to improving assessment processes.

A crucial component in advancing in this area involves a system that facilitates the reuse of data, eliminating the need for redundant entries across multiple platforms. This solution should transform your workflow by intelligently integrating data from diverse sources into a singular platform. Additionally, it should streamline the process by seamlessly incorporating information from as many other institutional platforms as possible, culminating in massive time savings and an improved assessment experience.

Planning & Self-Study saves you time by:

You’re spending too much time and effort creating self-studies for accreditation reporting

Solution: Take advantage of templates to guide the self-study process and achieve compliance.

Without a clear roadmap that simplifies the steps forward, navigating accreditation reporting can be a chaotic and time-intensive task .Often, it becomes particularly disorganized and time-consuming when there hasn’t been enough work up front to outline a definitive, institution-specific guide that eases the process.

You can benefit immensely from having a solution that mitigates the ordeal by providing templates tailored to the specifications of various accreditors and an array of program and professional accreditation bodies. This system should employ the accreditors' standards and requirements as the foundation for report outlines, ensuring accuracy and compliance. Furthermore, the templates should be regularly updated in tandem with any modifications to accreditation standards, guaranteeing an up-to-date and efficient accreditation reporting experience.

Planning & Self-Study delivers this by:

  • Offering templates for all six regional accreditors as well as a variety of program and professional accreditation bodies.

  • Using the standards and requirements of the accreditors as report outlines.

  • Updating templates as accreditors update their standards.

Conquer more with Watermark

Diverse approaches exist in how higher education institutions tackle assessment and accreditation planning, yet common challenges persist. Helping colleges and universities overcome the administrative headache of sifting through vast amounts of data is something Watermark has been passionate about for over two decades.

Ready to discover how our tools can help your institution simplify data analysis, eradicate redundancy, and meticulously manage every detail for a seamless assessment process and accreditation experience? Request a demo today.

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