Frequently Asked Questions
Assessment is a systematic, ongoing process of gathering and analyzing evidence of
student learning for continuous improvement of programs and courses.
Assessment in the College of Public Service should be intentional with the purpose
of improving student learning, supporting accreditation activities, and creating a
A data-driven culture is effectively using the results of the data in ways to make
informed decisions for continuous improvements to programs and instructional practices
that increases student learning.
Student learning goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely (S.M.A.R.T.)
statements that describe what students will know and be able to do as a result of
completing a program or course.
Learning objectives are clear, brief, statements that are measurable and used to describe
what students are expected to do at the conclusion of a lesson, unit, project, or
Student learning outcomes statements are more specific, narrow, and measurable in
nature. They demonstrate the knowledge, skills or values the student have achieved
upon completion of a program or course.
The Assessment Planning and Reporting Timeline located on the Assessment website provides
detail information about when the annual assessment plans are due.
While grades do assess student learning and performance, they do not examine patterns
of learning across courses and programs. Remember, the goal of assessment is to provide
continuous improvement in student learning.
Please email Sharon Noel, Assistant Director of Assessment at
firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on assessment.
Despite not being part of a specialty accreditation, all CPS departments and centers
are expected to participate in the assessment process.