Assessment is a process that asks, "How do we know if students are hitting the mark?" as well as, "What do we do if they don't?"
- establish clear, measurable outcomes of student learning
- ensure students have sufficient opportunities to achieve those outcomes
- systematically gather, analyze, and interpret evidence to determine if student learning matches expectations
- use resulting information to improve student learning the next time around
Why do we assess learning?
- to provide feedback to students for improvement
- to improve what we do in the classroom
- to inform program design and alignment
- to align measures of learning with learning outcomes
How do we assess?
- course assessment involves both formative and summative strategies
- a clear Grading Plan is promoted and communicated via course syllabi
- programs use advisory committee input, industry validation, and instructor input to design and document end of program assessment
- the institution reports assessment practices for accreditation Academic Quality Improvement Plan (AQIP)