At MCLA, we seek to facilitate evidence-based decision-making by initiating and supporting effective processes and procedures for the collection, analysis, maintenance, and reporting of information on student learning and institutional effectiveness.
Assessment is a systematic process for improving our educational offerings, based on a cycle of setting Outcomes, mapping Curriculum, planning for Instruction, gathering and analyzing evidence through Assessment, and engaging in critical Reflection based on the results. Assessment itself does not lead to improvement and effectiveness, but actions based on assessment results can.
Most of us already use assessment in our personal and professional lives. We set goals for ourselves, receive feedback about our progress towards them, and use that to make necessary adjustments to keep ourselves on track. In our professional lives we use feedback about what we do and how we are doing it, then use that input to make improvements.
In higher education assessment is used at the classroom level to determine how well students are achieving the stated learning goals of the course. At the program level assessment is used to determine if a program is fulfilling its goals. At the institutional level it is used to determine how effective an institution is in meeting its goals.
We apply the Assessment Cycle...
Campus-wide initiatives that relate back to MCLA's mission statement and strategic goals.
Outcomes Assessment in our Academic Programs, Core Curriculum, and Co-Curricular offerings, including Program Review.
Resources for assessment used by faculty in individual courses.
Measure what you value; value what you measure.
Director of Assessment
Upcoming Assessment Opportunities
NEean Dialogues, March 29
Forms & Templates
MCLA Assessment Report Template (.docx)
MCLA Assessment Resources
Assessment Current Events (Blogger)
External Assessment Resources
LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes (AAC&U)