Assessment as a Core Value

The ultimate purpose of assessment  is to inform programmatic alterations that result in enhanced student learning.  Successful assessment  promotes ongoing improvement in academic programs and student support services by:

  • encouraging us to think deeply about the outcomes we desire for our students and the methods by which achievement of those outcomes might be supported,
  • providing reliable data upon which to measure whether our students are achieving those outcomes or whether our methods are contributing to or detracting from that achievement, and
  • stimulating us to achieve and maintain high quality teaching and student support services.

Assessment addresses three fundamental questions about student learning achievement:

  • What have our students learned?
  • Are we satisfied with what they have learned?
  • If not, what are we going to do about it?

Communicating the Effectiveness of Assessment Efforts

Assessment also enables us to communicate the effectiveness of our efforts to a variety of stakeholders and to use resources more wisely in carrying out the mission and goals of the University. Assessment facilitates these functions by providing a basis for:

  • communicating our achievements to our constituents in an objective and accountable fashion and
  • informing strategic planning and resource allocation decisions.

To learn more about assessment, please consult the information in this website and the topics covered in the Assessment Handbook (pdf).