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GUIDELINES FOR PURPOSES, PROCESSES, AND USES OF ASSESSMENT

 

Good outcomes assessment involves:

  • Use of the CSUS mission, the proposed baccalaureate learning goals and expectations as guides to assessment.
  • Development of meaningful, manageable, and sustainable assessment practices.
  • A collegial, consensual process involving faculty, staff, and students in meaningful conversations about supporting teaching, learning, and student progress.
  • Reliance on faculty to determine their program’s mission, goals, objectives, and assessment priorities, and the implications of assessment results.
  • Use of evidence to guide decision-making and to improve programs.
  • Assessment as an on-going, incremental process of improvement, rather than a “one-shot” effort to meet external requirements.
  • Assessment of entire programs, not individuals within them.
  • Use of readily available information, when relevant.
  • Use of multiple measures of important objectives.
  • Strict adherence to confidentiality and informed consent guidelines in the collection and reporting of assessment data.

From Palombra and Banta, 1999 and CSUB Assessment Handbook