"Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves making our expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate and high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards; and using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve performance."
Angelo, T.A. (1995). Reassessing and defining assessment. AAHE Bulletin, 48(3): 149.
The mission of the Office of Assessment is to advance a culture of learning improvement at NDSU.
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|Mission statement||A statement that describes the purpose of an academic program, which should align with and support the NDSU mission.|
|Learning goals||Statements broadly describing what students should learn in an academic program. Learning goals are more specific than a mission statement, though not written to be measurable. Generally, learning goals can be aligned with several learning outcomes.|
|Learning outcomes||A set of statements that identify the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that students should be able to demonstrate at the completion of a learning experience. These statements can be crafted for various levels of learning, such as for a lesson or module within a course, an entire course, or an academic program. Generally, these statements are written with the stem "Students will be able to..." followed by a verb that accurately describes the focus of the learning outcome. Learning outcomes should be (1) attainable, (2) measurable, and (3) able to be understood by students.|
|Program learning outcomes||Learning outcomes that represent the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that students should be able to demonstrate by the completion of a program.|
|Course learning outcomes||Learning outcomes that represent the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that student should be able to demonstrate by the completion of a course. Course learning outcomes (CLOs) should align with program learning outcomes (PLOs).|
|Curriculum||A program's required courses and other learning experiences that students must complete to earn a credential (degree, certificate, minor).|
|Curriculum map||A visualization, usually a table or matrix, that identifies the relationship between a program's curriculum and its program learning outcomes.|
|Assessment cycle||The 3- to 5-year period in which all program learning outcomes (PLOs) are assessed, with 1-2 PLOs assessed each year of the cycle.|
|Assessment plan||Documents how an academic program will engage in assessment activities to determine the degree to which students have achieved the program’s learning outcomes within an assessment cycle.|
|Assessment report||Documentation describing the extent to which students have achieved program learning outcomes and how an academic program is working to improve future learning for students.|