Assessment at NDSU is rooted in ongoing conversations among colleagues about how we can improve student learning or development wherever and however it occurs. Consequently, assessment has four goals:
- Nurture a campus culture in which units systematically gather evidence to document and use that evidence to continually improve learning and/or development.
- Use annual assessment reports as an opportunity to engage in ongoing conversations within units and with colleagues on the University Assessment Committee about the learning and/or development that units are promoting.
- Promote campus-wide dialogues about how assessment methods can be employed to improve learning and/or development.
- Provide information to external audiences to document assessment practices and improvements based on those practices.
In The News
Jeremy Penn, Ph.D., named Director of Assessment for NDSU
Jeremy Penn, Ph.D., has been named Director of Assessment for NDSU and will officially begin his duties on July 1, 2017. Jeremy has been at NDSU for four years and previously served as the Director of Student Affairs Assessment. Before coming to NDSU, he was the Director of Assessment and Testing at Oklahoma State University and was a Program Assessment Coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to his work in assessment he was a high school mathematics teacher. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a doctoral degree in Qualitative, Quantitative, and Psychometric Methods. Jeremy lives in Moorhead with his wife, 4-year old son, 5-month old daughter, and a rescue dog who is still learning how to be a family pet.
In his role as Director of Assessment in the Office of Teaching and Learning, he will:
- Provide leadership for program assessment.
- Provide faculty and staff development.
- Provide one-on-one consultation on assessment design, data analysis, and assessment reporting needs.
- Support the assessment of general education and collaborate on campus-wide assessment activities.
- Participate in national conversations about assessment.