The mission of Academic Assessment at Agnes Scott is to "promote excellence in student learning through the development of services that promote evidence-based decision-making, curricular reform, purposeful enrollment planning and retention, faculty and staff development, and the creation and evaluation of an educational environment that promotes excellence in the education of women."
Guiding PrinciplesAssessment at Agnes Scott College is guided by the following principles:
1. Assessment is goal oriented. Assessment activities should be based on each department/program’s mission, goals, and student learning outcomes. Goal-oriented assessment is most effective in improving the department/program under study.
2. Assessment addresses the complex nature of learning. Good assessment takes into account the different backgrounds and learning styles of the student population, and the multitude of learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, and examines student values and attitudes together with knowledge and skills.
3. Assessment is part of campus culture. The results of assessment are shared not only among faculty, but also administrators, student affairs personnel, and students when appropriate. In addition, results are regularly reviewed and referenced not only in curricular planning, but also in financial deliberations, space considerations, strategic planning, grant proposals designed to enhance programs, and with our accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).