The Assessment Process
The assessment process consists, in effect, of three basic steps:
- Set our goals and desired outcomes.
- Measure to see how well we are meeting those goals and outcomes.
- Continuously use the data obtained through assessment to improve what we are doing and how.
Whether we assess student learning or our operational effectiveness, two guiding principles for good assessment are:
- That it be useful and meaningful.
- That it be sustainable over time.
The Office of Institutional Research & Planning is instrumental in consulting on and supporting assessment. Assistant Provost Kevork Horissian and Assessment Coordinator Wei You support and assist all campus departments (academic as well as student support services) in the development of assessment plans and reports, including providing University and unit-level data, designing surveys & studies and analyzing data.
Our office has the following responsibilities with regard to assessment at Bucknell University:
- To provide ongoing logistical support in all stages of assessment to academic, co-curricular and administrative departments, from planning, through data collection and analysis, to "closing the loop."
- To support, and closely collaborate with, faculty-led committees on assessment of student learning, including general education outcomes.
- To organize workshops and other professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, in order to share recent research and best practices in assessment.
- To review annual departmental assessment reports and provide feedback and guidance to departments.
- To promote a culture of assessment and evidence-based planning and decision-making.