What is Assessment?

Assessment is an ongoing process to determine the effectiveness of an institution’s programs, services and operations.
Assessment provides a systematic approach to providing evidence of continuous improvement in programs, services and operations
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Assessment is expected to:
  • Be an ongoing process that serves as a formative means of assessing a unit’s strategic vision.
  • Involve a systematic gathering, analyzing and interpreting of data to determine how well performance matches expectations.
  • Use the resulting information to understand and improve programs, services or operations.

Why is Assessment Important?

We engage in assessment activities for four main reasons:
  • Improve programs and services through assessment results that identify areas for change.
  • Support decision-making processes, planning, program reviews and accountability.
  • Demonstrate that a program or service is accomplishing what it claims it is accomplishing or that students are learning what it is intended that they learn.
  • Inform students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders of the state of student learning or of a program or service and its impact.

How is Administrative Assessment related to Accreditation?

SACSCOC's The Principles of Accreditation, Sections 7 and 8, with which the college must comply, address administrative assessment:

7.3 The institution identifies expected outcomes of its administrative support services and demonstrates the extent to which the outcomes are achieved. (Administrative effectiveness)

8.2 The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes,
and provides evidence of seeking improvements based on analysis of the results in the areas below:

a. Student learning outcomes for each of its educational programs. (Student outcomes: educational programs)
b. Student learning outcomes for collegiate-level general education competencies of its undergraduate degree programs. (Students outcomes: general education)
c. Academic and student services that support student success. (Student outcomes: academic and student services)