Overview of Student Learning Assessment
Assessment of student learning outcomes is an on going pedagogical PROCESS of:
- Establishing clear, measurable expected outcomes of student learning
- Ensuring that students have sufficient opportunities to achieve those outcomes
- Systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well student learning matches our expectations
- Using the resulting information to understand and improve student learning
Cycle of Assessment
Purposes of Assessment
Assessing student learning has become increasingly important for the QUALITY and ACCOUNTABILITY of the higher education. ("Higher Learning Commission Statement on Assessment" also expounds on this perspective.)
- For educational practitioners, assessment is to affirm and improve curricular and co-curricular programs based on a critical analysis of systematically collected credible evidence of student learning outcomes.
- For other audiences, including accreditation agencies and prospective students, assessment brings transparency and accountability to higher education.
Where to Start?
- "Six Fundamental Questions" This was developed by the Higher Learning Commission ("Student Learning, Assessment, and Accreditation") as prompts for assessment-related conversation in curricular and co-curricular programs.
- "Nine Principles of Good Practices for Assessing Student Learning" This is a a document developed by the American Association for Higher Education Assessment Forum.
Assessment resources are available at the Office of Assessment, on the internet, and at various workshops and conferences held on or off campus.
- The Office of Assessment offers:
- Access to the updated information on campus-specific assessment processes and protocols
- Access to the references on assessment (including books and booklets available at the Office of Assessment in Old Main 105)
- Assistance in finding best practices of assessment in a particular discipline or program
- One-to-one or small group consultation sessions on assessment
If you have a specific request or any questions, please feel free to contact Assessment Coordinator Eri Fujieda (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Many excellent resources are available on the internet. In particular, the following websites share extensive lists of assessment resources, organized by various topics, disciplines, and programs.
- Workshops, conferences, and other opportunities to learn more about assessment will be posted at a workshop/conference page of this website.