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Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania has identified the assessment of student learning outcomes as an essential component of its commitment to student success. All academic and support programs assess student learning and implement action plans for program improvement.

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    What is Assessment?

    Assessment is an ongoing and systematic process of identifying objectives and means to measure them. Furthermore, assessment also includes gathering measurements and data and using the information to implement improvements.

    Why do we do Assessment?

    The four main goals of assessment are:

    1. To improve – Data gathered from assessment should be used to determine methods for improving the program or unit.
    2. To inform – As a part of the process, information should be shared with key constituents to inform them about the contributions and impact of the program or unit.
    3. To prove – Assessment should demonstrate what the program or unit is accomplishing to students, faculty, staff, and outsiders.
    4. To support – The process of conducting assessment should provide support for campus decision making activities (e.g., strategic planning), as well as external accountability activities (e.g., Middle States Accreditation).
  • “Excellence Examined:
    Institutionalizing Student Learning Outcomes Assessment at IUP”

    Thursday, October 20, 2016
    2:00-3:30 pm
    PNC Room, KCAC

    Terry Rhodes

    You are invited to an open session with Dr. Terry Rhodes, Vice President of the Office of Quality, Curriculum and Assessment at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to explore the ways in which IUP’s recent reaffirmation of accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, strategic planning, and visioning processes have demonstrated the need for greater integration of assessment efforts across departments, divisions, and the university.

    See the full schedule of events.