Process & timeline

Please be aware that UW-La Crosse will be phasing out the use of Taskstream over the fall semester.  Access to Tasktream will be maintained over the fall semester and end in January 2021. Plans for shifting work into Canvas are being coordinated with the General Education Assessment Committee (GEAC) and University Program Assessment Committee (UPAC).   If you have questions, you may contact Patrick Barlow, Assessment Coordinator or additionally Dr. Kenny Hunt (UPAC chair), Karen Hart (GEAC Chair), or Katie Hosley-Frieden, School of Education Assessment Coordinator. 

Program Assessment Cycle

The process of reporting on and receiving feedback on your Program Assessment of student learning involves two components:

  1. Use of the Taskstream assessment software (AMS) to capture your information
  2. Reports to the University Program Assessment Committee UPAC to provide useful and timely feedback on your work.  

The over arching 3 year cycle (see graphic below) involves two submission points for UPAC review:  

  • Assessment Plan at the beginning of the cycle in spring of year 1 (Feb 15th).
  • End of cycle report of the entire process (measures, results, analysis, and status of improvement action steps) fall of year 3 (Oct 15th). 

The system remains open and available for regular uploading of information, analyses, action steps and monitoring of actions between these submission points. 

Programs have been divided into two submission cohorts so that about half will submit in cohort 1, with the remaining programs submitting in cohort 2.   Some programs, based an exemption, may be exempt from review by UPAC but are still expected to report information in the Taskstream system. For questions about the process or review, contact Dr. Kenny Hunt, UPAC Chair.  Questions about the Taskstream System can be sent to Dr. Patrick Barlow, Assessment Coordinator.

Per the 9/22/2020 email from UPAC, please review this list of the cohorts to identify your program's next steps in the process.  In the 2020-21 academic year,  any cohort 1 programs will be submitting assessment plans to UPAC while cohort 2 programs will submit their end of cycle information.  Please ensure your workspace areas are updated and then drop your URL into the review areas of the system. 

  • Cohort 1 will use the Review of Assessment Plan 2019-2022. 
  • Cohort 2 will use the  Review Full Cycle of Work 2017-20
Start of cycle

Year 1 Spring Semester

  • Provost/Deans send reminder of Plan submission date
  • Program/Dept submits Assessment Plan in Taskstream by Feb 15
  • UPAC reviews and provides feedback by April 1
  • Program/Dept incorporates feedback and enacts plan



Spring Year 1 to Fall Year 3

  • Program/Dept enacts plan
  • Entering Assessment Results as available
  • Discussing and creating Action Plans (i.e. changes to curriculum, SLOs, courses as indicated by results)
  • Enters Action Plan Status Reports as improvement actions are completed
End of cycle

Fall Semester Year 3

  • Program reviews all information and ensures final submission to UPAC for review by October 15
  • UPAC gets access to information and completes review by Dec 1