The Assessment Office seeks to advance the Kennesaw State University's continuous improvement initiative by promoting a culture of continuous improvement through Improve KSU, the university-wide assessment model, and the assessment of performance and student learning outcomes.
Assessment is the systematic collection, review, and use of information undertaken for the purpose of improving performance or student learning and development.
The Office of Assessment provides customized training and consultation to units and educational program staff, faculty and administrators on:
- Creating an assessment plan
- Writing outcomes
- Designing assessment measures
- Analyzing data
- Reporting on continuous improvement
- Updating an assessment plan
- Improve KSU training
University Assessment Council
The University Assessment Council will support a process of continual self-evaluation and improvement at Kennesaw State University. The primary purpose is to oversee ongoing assessment to improve administrative, academic and student support services, research, community and public service, educational programs, and student-learning. The Council seeks to foster full participation in outcomes-based assessment. The University Assessment Council will be composed of invited representatives from all areas of the University. The University Assessment Council will
- propose and assist in the implementation of university institutional effectiveness (IE) policies and procedures;
- monitor the assessment of the KSU Strategic Plan;
- monitor the quality of program and unit assessment results, reports, and plans;
- provide an annual report to the president documenting strengths and weaknesses of the university's overall effort in assessment and institutional effectiveness;
- serve as a cross-campus forum for the exchange of ideas, information, and advice on methods and practices of assessment;
- keep the university community apprised of expectations for assessment, including expectations related to KSU’s regional accreditation;
- work with those who engage in assessment activities to help them understand (or enhance) their activities; and
- promote collaboration, optimizing the use of shared tools and resources among areas.
- Office of Institutional Effectiveness
- One respresentative from each college selected by the dean of the college (13 representatives)
- Academic Affairs representative
- Operations respresentative
- Student Affairs respresentative
- University Advancement and Development representative
- Strategic Communications and Marketing representative
- Legal Affairs representative
- Economic Development & Engagement representative
- Diversity and Inclusion representative
- Athletics representative
- General Education Council representative
- Institutional Research representative
- Business Process Improvement representative
- University Libraries representative
- Institutional Review Board representative
Kennesaw State Resources:
- Center for Statistics and Analytical Services at Kennesaw
- Institutional Effectiveness Planning and Assessment Policy
- Institutional Effectiveness Handbook
- Improve KSU
- Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
- Lumina Foundation
- National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)
What is assessment?
Assessment is a collaborative effort inside your specific unit that contributes to your success. It's guided by, but not led by the assessment office. Assessment can be qualitative as well as quantitative. Your unit has mission, vision and goals, and your assessment plan and assessment activities should help inform and direct your initiatives in line with your goals. Assessment is one step in the continuous improvement cycle, and should never be a burden, when done correctly.
Why can’t course grades be used as assessment?
Grades can be assigned differently within the same program, the same course and even the same instructor. Faculty tend to teach courses best suited to their style and comparing grades across various sections can be unfair. Assessment is used to measure long-term learning outcomes, beyond graduation and employment, not end-of-course results.
When does this have to be completed by?
Assessment is a continuous process – a new loop begins after the previous one has been completed. Outcomes and measures should be refined on a yearly basis.
How should I begin?
Contact your unit’s representative on the UAC, contact the DA (Director of Assessment), contact your unit’s Director or Chair, and ask inside your unit for historical artifacts of assessment.