What is Assessment?
Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves making our expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards; and using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve performance. – Tom Angelo, AAHE Assessment Forum
Assessment is the systematic collection, review and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and development. – Palomaba & Banta, Assessment Essentials
There are five primary activities of assessment:
University of Northwestern is committed to the development and implementation of an assessment plan that focuses on important outcomes, uses multiple measures to gather the best information, uses the information to improve, and distributes this information to interested stakeholders.
The Assessment Steering Committee provides guidance to the institution in developing and implementing institution-wide assessment plans and reports, analyzing and interpreting assessment results, and disseminating assessment results to the University community. The Assessment Steering Committee supports institution-wide assessment and the assessment of student learning in the academic programs across venues, which includes curricular as well as co-curricular assessment efforts.
Assessment Committee Members
The Assessment Handbook contains information for faculty, relating assessment fundamentals, and guidelines for academic departments and professors.
Cheryl Norman, Ed.D.
Director of Quality Improvement & Assessment
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