What is Assessment?

Program assessment can mean different things to different people and in different contexts. At SDSU, we endorse the following definition by Dr. Thomas Angelo for our program assessment efforts:

“Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves making our expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate criteria 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. When it is embedded effectively within larger institutional systems, assessment can help us focus our collective attention, examine our assumptions, and create a shared academic culture dedicated to assuring and improving the quality of higher education.”– Thomas A. Angelo, 1995. Reassessing (and Defining) Assessment. American Association of Higher Education Bulletin 48:7-9.

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For specific questions concerning Program Assessment, please contact Dr. Madhavi McCall at [email protected].

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