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"Institutional assessment efforts should not be concerned about valuing what can be measured but, instead, about measuring that which is valued."
T.W. Banta, J.P. Lund, K.E. Black, and F.W. Oblander (1996)
"Self-assessment is essential for progress as a learner: for understanding of selves as learners, for an increasingly complex understanding of tasks and learning goals, and for strategic knowledge of how to go about improving."
D.R. Sadler (1993)
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
Albert Einstein
"There are no limits to the power of the human mind to construct new meaning from experience."
Novak and Gowin (1984)
"When the cook tastes the soup, that's formative; when the guests taste the soup, that's summative."
R. Stake (2004)
"In reality it is through classroom assessment that attitudes, skills, knowledge and thinking are fostered, nurtured and accelerated - or stifled."
Hynes (1991)
"Human beings are most likely to learn deeply when they are trying to solve problems or answer questions that they have come to regard as important, intriguing, or beautiful."
K. Bain and J. Zimmerman (2009)

Mission and Goals

The Office of Student Learning Outcomes Assessment (SLOA) provides leadership and centralized support for assessment processes focused on fostering quality learning, promoting academic excellence, and advancing institutional effectiveness. We collaborate with the campus community to establish meaningful, manageable, and sustainable student learning outcomes assessment practices.

Assessment Office Outcomes

  1. Support program and institutional level assessment planning, implementing, analyzing, summarizing, sharing, and using results.
  2. Support a commitment to a continuous improvement model to advance institutional effectiveness.
  3. Collaborate with colleges and divisions to ensure the University meets the required assessment standards required for Middle States Accreditation.
  4. Implement technologies to support meaningful and sustainable outcomes assessment practices.