Worcester State University
Institutional Assessment

 
 Office of Institutional Assessment and Planning

 
Vision
The Office of Institutional Assessment and Planning is committed to establishing a culture of assessment that is sustainable and systematic.

Mission
Our mission is to provide university-wide support for the continuous improvement of student learning through assessment. We will generate, maintain, communicate and disseminate institutional information to support assessment and general awareness of student learning. We provide assistance for faculty/ staff with any assessment initiatives, including new survey construction/ updating surveys, rubric development, assessment strategies, and opportunities for professional development.


Principles

              Assessment is concerned with group-level analysis rather
            than individual-level analysis. Therefore, assessment data will
            not be used for individual faculty, staff, or student evaluation,
            but rather the evaluation of educational programs and services
              Assessment strategies will be integrated into the curriculum
            and will be integral to the learning processes of WSU students
              Assessment procedures will follow a best-practices approach
              Assessment results will be used by faculty, staff and
            administration to improve courses, curricula, and/or services
            that impact student learning and development
              Assessment is a continuous process of planning, acting,
            evaluating, and applying

Goals
              Develop a culture of assessment on campus
              Increase the level of practice of assessment
              Involve faculty and staff in assessment activities

Academic Freedom and Educational Responsibility

There is, however, an additional dimension of academic freedom ... that has to do with the responsibilities of faculty members for educational programs. Faculty are responsible for establishing goals for student learning, for designing and implementing programs of general education and specialized study that intentionally cultivate the intended learning, and for assessing students' achievement. In these matters, faculty must work collaboratively with their colleagues in their departments, schools, and institutions as well as with relevant administrators. Academic freedom is necessary not just so faculty members can conduct their individual research and teach their own courses, but so they can enable student - through whole college programs of study - to acquire the learning they need to contribute to society (Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2006).

 
 
Resources
  AAC&U Statement on Academic Freedom and Educational Responsibility
  Newsletter V3 N3
  Newsletter V3 N2
  Newsletter V3 N1
  Newsletter V2 N3
  Newsletter V2 N2
  Newsletter V2 N1
  Newsletter V1 N4
  Newsletter V1 N3
  Newsletter V1 N2
  Newsletter V1 N1
  Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Vision Project
  Principles for Effective Assessment of Student Achievement
  Association for Institutional Research Code of Ethics
  NEASC
  Certificate in Syllabus Design
  Assessment Articles


Contact Us:
 
  Office of 
  Institutional Assessment
  Worcester State University
  486 Chandler Street
  Worcester, MA 01602
 

  Email: 
 
wsu_assess@worcester.edu 

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