The Assessment Committee (The AC)

Welcome to the campus-workspace of The AC.  Academic assessment is an on-going, open, evaluative process focused on improving student learning.  It requires the University to make its learning expectations clear to students and to establish appropriate learning outcomes at the course and program levels.  It helps determine how well student performance matches the expected outcomes.  The resulting information is used to inform changes in courses and programs for the improvement of student learning.

The shared governance Assessment Committee wants to position itself as an advocate and supporter for schools and departments, assisting in the collection of quality evidence of program effectiveness.  Collecting quality data to show how programs are performing will become a very important aspect of the program-prioritization process defined in the Academic Improvement Plan and Pathways for Change.  Both of these were defined in the HLC Self Study.  In order to have prioritization decisions based on high quality data, schools need assessment data, and the assessment committee's goals include developing tools and processes to help schools collect this data.

HLC Commission Endorses New Guidelines on Assessment

The Higher Learning Commission has endorsed new guidelines, Committing to Quality: Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability, published by the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability.  The guidelines help colleges and universities in improving the quality of a college degree by asking them to set clear goals for student achievement, regularly gather and use evidence that measures performance against those goals, report evidence of student learning, and continuously work to improve results.  Committing to Quality: Guidelines for Assessment and Accountability is available for download. Hard copies will be available at no cost at the 2012 Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference.

 What's Happening Now?

TAP Targeted Assessment Projects (click here) a mini-grant program for assessment

Assessment at a Glance:

Join ASSESS - the listserve for assessment

Institutional Assessment website: 

The Revised Charge to the Assessment Committee and Definition of Assessment have been approved by the Oversight Committee on Oct 18, 2011

The Assessment Cycle - Westminster College