Assessment

Saint Peter’s University and Middle States Assessment Standards

Saint Peter’s University supports the Middle States process for assessment.
“Assessment OF STUDENT LEARNING may be characterized as the third element of a four-step, teaching-learning assessment cycle:

  1. Developing clearly articulated learning outcomes: the knowledge, skills, and competencies that students are expected to exhibit upon successful completion of a course, academic program, co-curricular program, general education requirement, or other specific set of experiences;
  2. Offering courses, programs, and experiences that provide the purposeful opportunities for students to achieve those learning outcomes;
  3. Assessing student achievement of those learning outcomes; and
  4. Using the results of those assessments to improve teaching and learning and inform planning and resources allocation decisions.”

“Assessment of INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS may be characterized as the third element of a four-step-planning, assessment cycle:

  1. Defining clearly articulated institutional and unit-level goals;
  2. Implementing strategies to achieve these goals;
  3.  Assessing achievement of these goals; and
  4. Using the results of those assessments to improve programs and services, and inform planning and resource allocation decisions.”