Definitions and Purpose of Assessment
Assessment Statement and Definition for Saint Peter’s University
Saint Peter’s University fully supports the MIDDLE STATES process for institutional assessment:
“Assessment may be characterized as the third element of a four-step planning-assessment cycle:
1. Developing clearly articulated written statements, expressed in observable terms, of key institutional and unit-level goals that are based on the involvement of the institutional community
2. Designing intentional objectives or strategies to achieve those goals
3. Assessing achievement of those key goals; and
4. Using the results of those assessments to improve programs and services, with appropriate links to the institution’s ongoing planning and resource allocation processes.
Assessment is designed to answer the question: “Is the institution fulfilling its mission and achieving its goals?”
Saint Peter’s University Definition of Assessment
At Saint Peter’s University, assessment is a comprehensive and systematic process of gathering and analyzing information through multiple measures and methods for the intentional purpose of incorporating the results into the improvement of services or programs in achieving our mission.
Assessment occurs in two complementary activities: assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness.
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (coordinated by the Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Team – SLOAT)
- Engages all University personnel who are in a position to assist in the attainment of student outcomes
- Utilizes the expertise and uniqueness of each unit of the in order to determine what to assess, the how to assess it, and how to best use the results
- Is a dialogue among students, faculty and administrators to determine how well students are learning
- Involves the students in the process of assessing her/his learning
Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness (coordinated by the Improving through Methodical Assessment to Change and Transform – IMPACT Committee)
- Engages all University personnel who are in a position to assist in the attainment of department and area goals
- Utilizes the expertise and uniqueness of each unit of the University in order to determine what to assess, the how to assess it, and how to best use the results
- Facilitates a dialogue among students, faculty, administrators and other client constituencies to determine how well unit goals are being met, including the impact of those goals on student learning outcomes
- Involves the students in the process of assessing her/his learning, as well as in the assessment of institutional effectiveness