How Mount Union Does Assessment

Making our expectations explicit and public.  The sharing of expectations is enhanced by the nature of the campus and the dialog that is ongoing as students ask questions and faculty and staff respond in the ongoing learning conversation.  

Setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality.  Criteria for success are also part of the ongoing dialog of learning as students seek answers and receive feedback about progress in the learning process.  

Systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards.   Faculty, staff and students use a variety of tools to gather, analyze and interpret evidence of learning.  Some of the evidence can be found in the traditional mid-term exam, project or paper but often it can also be found in the results of a service learning event, a simulation experience, or the use of other measures that provide evidence of student learning.  

Using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve performance.  Faculty and staff report back to the larger campus community the summary results of assessment of student learning at the program level.  The faculty and staff use this information as part of strategic planning, course improvement, program improvement and every seven years as part of the program review process.  The end result is providing programs and activities that best address the needs for students in the teaching and learning process.

The assessment of student outcomes is ultimately the assessment of the university’s ability to provide learning opportunities consistent with its mission.  Assessment data is used solely to improve teaching, learning, and services, not for the evaluation of individual faculty members, staff or students.

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