What is Assessment?
Assessment is the ongoing systematic process of understanding and improving student learning, which is sometimes described as a reinforcing cycle. The 2023 Provost Conference key note session on, “Capturing Moments of Hope in Your Work as Teacher-Scholar,” highlights one way assessment feeds into faculty thriving. By engaging in assessment work, faculty gain insights about their vocation. When activated, those insights lead to better opportunities for faculty practice and student learning. The cycle repeats itself as part of a culture of continuous reflection. Part of each faculty member’s critical work, assessment generally entails three key components:
Faculty members gather quality artifacts and data from the curriculum that provide evidence of student learning. Artifacts should be gathered from direct sources of engagement that show student progress toward mastery of learning outcomes.
Faculty members analyze, reflect upon, and report on the gathered evidence. In return, assessment officers and administrators respond with helpful feedback and changes for how best to highlight successes for accreditation, budget allocation, marketing, and recruiting. (Suskie)
These three components are equally valuable in the cycle of ongoing assessment, whether they are applied at the course or program level. Though program-level assessment is the primary focus of this report, course-level work always informs program goals.
2023 Assessment Annual Reporting
Assessment from 2021-2022
Assessment Annual Report
Office of Teaching & Learning Annual Report
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