What is outcomes assessment & why do it?
Assessment is the process of measuring the performance of an outcome and evaluating the resulting actionable data. In an educational setting, it is used for the improvement of teaching and learning or the delivery of services by stimulating meaningful dialogue among key stakeholders of the outcome being assessed when reflecting on data.
There are four overarching assessment principles that guide our activities:
Improve teaching and learning
at the course, degree, and certificate level through intentional dialogue amongst practitioners
Create a collaborative, dynamic, and continuous process that engages faculty, students, and personnel to i
mprove student success
throughout the entire institution
Utilize assessment to improve from within while
providing usable data that demonstrates this improvement to our community
Balance the assessment process between a meaningful and thoughtful practice, which is part of what educators do daily, and the needs of external compliance
Although the assessment process should be inclusive of all stakeholders, be they full-time or part-time employees, the process is not intended for use in the evaluation of the stakeholders themselves. Lastly, if departments have been unable to find meaning in the current process, they should:
what they are doing
Ask new content questions
that are essential to their area
Get additional support
from the Outcomes Committee
Click on the additional links to the right!
Nine Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning
Steps in SLO Assessment
SLO Assessment Overview