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

Assessing student learning has become increasingly important for the quality and accountability of the higher education.

  • 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.