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Assessment Resources for Faculty

Faculty members are very familiar with assessing students.  We constantly collect feedback from students to see what they are and are not learning.  Most of this assessment takes place at the class or section level.  This is important feedback for running a successful class, but it does not tell us enough about how students are doing in our programs and in the college, as a whole. 

The assessment of student learning at the program level asks questions about student learning at a different level of analysis, including:

  • How well are students achieving the learning goals we set for them by the end their programs?
  • Do changes in program requirements or pedagogy affect student learning?
  • What changes can be made to enhance student learning and overall program quality?

The College has dozens of programs, hundreds of faculty, and thousands of students, so the assessment of student learning is, by necessity, going to be a large undertaking.  However, if we stick to the core principle of assessing what we value (our goals), we will find value in the results and we will use these results to benefit current and future students. 

Assessment resources for faculty are divided into a few different sections.  Training materials are provided to introduce faculty to the basic principles of assessment, including information about program goals and the College's assessment plan.  Development materials are provided to give faculty useful tools for developing and implementing assessment methods.  Finally, links to external assessment web sites are given to help faculty find resources outside of the college.

Training Materials

Introduction to Assessment 
College Mission, Vision, and Values 
Strategic Objectives 
Guiding Principles
Glossary of assessment terms 

Program goals (found within guide sheets)

Development Materials

Guiding Principles 
Program goals
Competency maps
Direct and Indirect Measures
Introduction to eLumen