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Overview of University Assessment Process
Assessment provides a means for every academic program to address three critical questions:
· What learning outcomes - - knowledge, skills, and values or attitudes - - do we expect?
· What evidence do we have about how well our program is achieving these outcomes?
· How can we use this evidence to improve program quality and student learning?
Only through an understanding of what students actually learn can programs assure that the learning objectives they have set are realized.
Effective, meaningful and manageable assessment is a multi-step process:
 Most departments established MGOs as part of their program review but will usually find it necessary to modify the MGOs over time.
 Such assessment plans typically lay out a five-year assessment plan to allow assessment activities to cease during the year the department or program conducts its formal program review.