A process of assessment is essential to continuous improvement, which demands a commitment to assessment that should be deeply embedded in an institution’s activities.
For student learning, this commitment results in an assessment at the program level, which proceeds through clear goals, involves faculty throughout the process, and provides a comprehensive analysis of assessment results.
The institution improves its programs, ancillary services and other operations on the basis of its analysis.
Assessment and the processes that an institution learns from should be well-grounded in evidence.
For the quality assurance function of accreditation, evidence is critical.