Dean of Students

The Division of Student Affairs’ mission is to engage students in the development of personal values, characteristics and abilities that prepares them to be contributing members of their communities. The efforts to further this mission on campus include assessing the impact of programs, activities, and experiences facilitated by the various departments that make up the Division. This web site serves as resource for designing and conducting assessment at the department and program level. Kathy Harring, Dean of Institutional Assessment and Academic Planning, can provide additional guidance on the development of surveys, pre-post assessment projects, and other tools (results from institutional student surveys) you may want to use to support program assessment.

What is Assessment?

Assessment is the systematic collection, review, and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving learning and development.

Palomba, C.A. & Banta, T.W. Assessment Essentials: Planning, Implementing, and Improving Assessment in Higher Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999, p. 4 

Assessment of student learning is the ongoing process of:

  • Establishing clear, measureable expected outcomes of students learning
  • Ensuring that students have sufficient opportunities to achieve those outcomes
  • Systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well students learning matches our expectations
  • Using the resulting information to understand and improve student learning

Suskie, L. Assessing student learning: A common sense guide (2nd Ed.).  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009.