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What is Assessment?

Higher Learning Commission Definition

Assessment of Student Learning is a Participatory, Interactive Process That:

  • Provides data/information you need on your students’ learning
  • Engages you and others in analyzing and using this data/information to confirm and improve teaching and learning
  • Produces evidence that students are learning the outcomes you intended
  • Guides you in making educational and institutional improvements
  • Evaluates whether changes made improve/impact student learning, and documents the learning and your efforts

Fundamental Questions for Evaluation:

  • How are your stated learning outcomes appropriate to your mission, programs, students and degrees?
  • How do you ensure shared responsibility for student learning & assessment of student learning?
  • What evidence do you have that students achieve your stated learning outcomes?
  • In what ways do you analyze and use evidence of student learning?
  • How do you evaluate and improve the effectiveness of your efforts to assess and improve student learning?

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From “Student Learning, Assessment and Accreditation: Criteria and Contexts”, presented at Making a Difference in Student Learning: Assessment as a Core Strategy, a workshop from the Higher Learning Commission, July 26-28, 2006.

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