Parker Peterson

Parker Peterson '18

Major: French/Public Relations
Hometown:North Bloomfield, Ohio

My favorite part of Mount Union is most definitely the people. As cliché as it may sound, the Mount Union community genuinely feels like family to me.

Student Success

How do we Assess it?...

"Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves making our expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards; and using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve performance." [A.A.H.E.Bulletin, November,1995]. How Mount Union Does Assessment.

Philosophy of Assessment at Mount Union

Guided by the AAHE definition, assessment activities at Mount Union are undertaken to understand the impact of campus wide educational and co-curricular activities on student learning.

Since graduation from Mount Union represents the achievement of the educational goals for students and their families, faculty and staff articulate the expectations for that achievement in challenging but achievable objectives for student learning, followed by careful assessment of that learning. Through frequent feedback, students as well as the college community as a whole can track progress in achieving those goals from the individual assignment to the completion of degree programs.

Uses of Assessment information:

  • To document student learning outcomes both in classes and in co-curricular activities.
  • To provide assessment data to use in the process of strategic planning
  • To provide data for use in the analysis of course and curricular impact.
  • To provide evidence for use in the analysis of co-curricular programming and learning experiences
  • To provide information to the Committee on Assessment for analysis of the achievement of overall University goals.

These analyses inform ongoing improvements in curriculum and instruction and the development of a total learning community both in and out of the class room.

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