Assessment at Utica College
Assessing Student Learning
Principles of Good Assessment
Assessment is systematic inquiry in support of student learning. Good assessment provides insight into how well we are achieving the institutional and program-level goals and how well students are accomplishing the learning goals in their academic programs/majors.
- Good assessment is governed by faculty. Faculty determine what learning should occur in each of their programs and at the institutional-level. They provide the opportunities for students to achieve this learning; select the means by which the learning will be measured; determine the outcomes, benchmarks, or targets; and own the analysis and interpretation of assessment findings.
- Good assessment is well-planned and well-documented. It yields useful results that are specific enough to inform improved curriculum, pedagogy, and services.
- Good assessment is student-centered, designed to cultivate lifelong learners prepared to fulfill the tenets of the Utica College mission. Assessment is something we do for students, not something done to students.
Effective Assessment Processes
Requirements and expectations regarding assessment at Utica College may be found in the following documents:
- Assessing Institutional Effectiveness at Utica College
- Guide to Academic Assessment 2017-2018
Effective assessment processes use multiple methods to assess each individual goal. Direct methods should be used to assess student learning; indirect methods may be used to supplement, not replace, direct assessments. Results should be specific enough to indicate precisely where students are successful and where their performances are not meeting expectations. Assessment is most valuable when multiple stakeholders—faculty, students, and alumni or employers—discuss and interpret results.
Resources and Handbooks
- Assessing Institutional Effectiveness
- Guide to Academic Assessment
- AACC Handbook
- Annual goal report template
- Content outline for program reviews
- Curriculum map checklist
- Curriculum map template
- Assessment Methods
- Direct versus Indirect Evidence
- Glossary of terms
- AAC & U Value Rubrics
- Bloom’s Taxonomy
- AAC & U, "On Solid Ground"
- AAC & U, "A Brief History of Student Learning Assessment"