With the rising costs of higher education, this is a question that is being asked by parents, prospective students, government agencies, and accrediting bodies. Understanding that this is a valid question, colleges and universities are engaging in the process of outcomes assessment.
The umbrella purpose is to provide evidence that students at Bucknell University are learning and developing in and out of the classroom and that institutional policies, resources, and services are appropriately supporting the mission of the institution. In practice, however, outcomes assessment is meaningless unless the information learned is applied to future institutional decisions. The completion of the outcomes assessment process is the continual improvement of the unique experience of a Bucknell University education.
In regards to college-wide assessment, the Office of Institutional Research & Planning has two main responsibilities:
- To support the annual assessment and periodic comprehensive review of all academic and administrative departments
- To support the assessment of general education outcomes
- Internet Resources on Higher Education Outcomes Assessment
- Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
- National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)
- Measuring Quality in Higher Education
- Assessment Tools and Resources College of Wooster
- Sample Assessment Plans by Department (UNCG list)
- Sample Assessment by School and Department (GMU)