Academic Assessment

2023 Assessment Reports are due on Tuesday, October 31, 2023

As a primary function of the Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL), ITL coordinates and supports continuous improvement activities across campus, including academic student learning assessment. All academic programs at YSU are required to participate annually in reporting to provide evidence of their engagement in collecting, analyzing, and acting on student learning data. All information collected through assessment reporting is shared in aggregate form only, and the confidentiality of individual students is safeguarded.

To find out more about academic reporting, please review the Academic Assessment Handbook or contact our team at

2023 Reporting Details

Programs should continue reporting on their 5-year assessment cycle. Annual assessment submissions are due by Tuesday, October 31, 2023 through Taskstream.  If you are unsure what you should be reporting review this matrix. If you need accommodations to your reporting location and/or format, please contact We are happy to work with you to collect assessment reports in a manner that aligns with other reporting and/or accreditation processes in your program.

Note for Programs Identified for Sunset

Programs identified for sunset with students actively enrolled should complete this short teach-out form annually as long as they have active students. 


Fall 2023 Drop-In Support Hours

Drop-in virtually via Webex with any questions related to your assessment reporting. No RSVP required. Or, BOOK A CONSULT with Alison Kaufman for training and/or support related to your program assessment. 

Academic Assessment Resources

Academic Assessment Handbook: This document is meant to be a resource to those new(er) to assessment activities and a reference to those who have been participating in assessment activities for some time. The Handbook is in two parts; Part 1 explains the steps in the assessment process, including how to write SLOs, select methods, and analyze results. Part 2 outlines the reporting elements here at YSU and also includes guides to using Taskstream to submit reports.

Book a Consult: Schedule a one-on-one virtual or in-person meeting with Alison Kaufman for training and/or support related to your program assessment. 

On-demand Training

assessment plan in Taskstream

  • Watch Part 1: An overview of how to log in to Taskstream, enter student learning outcomes, a program mission statement, and complete a cycle reflection.
  • Watch Part 2: An overview of how to complete a program curriculum map in Taskstream.
  • Watch Part 3: An overview of how to enter outcome measures in Taskstream.

assessment update in Taskstream

  • Watch Video: An overview of how to submit an assessment update through Taskstream. 

assessment Teach-Out Update

  • Watch Video: An overview of how to submit an assessment update using the online form. This is for programs that are identified for sunset. 

Taskstream System Tutorials

Need help navigating through the Taskstream site? Look no further, these tutorials provide step-by-step instructions for some of the most common actions done on the Taskstream website. Tutorials come complete with screenshots and helpful tips about the processes.

  1. Assessment Plan (Cycle Year 1) Guides:
  2. Assessment Update (Cycle Years 2-5) Guides:


Assessment Drafting Templates

Guidance on elements of the assessment process and completing reporting requirements are found in the Academic Assessment Handbook; below are Word formats of the reporting templates for drafting reports. Reports should be submitted via Taskstream AMS unless you've contacted for alternate arrangements. 

Assessment Archive

For reports submitted prior to reporting via Taskstream AMS, academic departments can access their reports and feedback by logging into the Assessment Archive using your YSU ID and password.