Freqently Asked Questions (FAQ)

An alphabetized list of frequently asked questions can be found below.  To view the answer to the question, simply click the question itself to expand the answer. 

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  • Contact your unit’s representative on the University Assessment Council, contact the Director of Assessment, contact your unit’s Director or Chair, ask inside your unit for historical artifacts of assessment.

  • Assessment is a collaborative effort inside your specific unit that contributes to your unit's success.  It's guided by, but not led by the assessment office.  Assessment can be qualitative as well as quantitative.  Your unit has a mission, vision, and goals; and your assessment plan and assessment activities should help both inform and direct your initiatives in line with those goals.  Assessment is one step in the continuous improvement cycle and should never be a burden when done correctly.

  • 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.
  • 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.