Common Misconceptions

Misconceptions
Reality
Assessment is...
1. ...completed once a year 1. ...a continuous process
2. ...the responsibility of program directors 2.

...a process involving all faculty in a program to ensure all program outcomes/objectives are met.

3. ...not important 3.

...vital for programs to remain current in the field and to offer the best learning experience for students.

4. ...complicated 4.

...a time-consuming process in its first year. Once baselines are established, the process becomes one of determining where improvements are needed and refining the plan.

5.

...imposed on us by accrediting agencies and the institution

5.

...part of the accountability process and is a fact of life in higher education.

6. ...additional work
6.

...natural for faculty who want to collect information about student performance for the purpose of improving instruction.

In addition to the information included here, we invite you to participate in events focused on Assessment listed in our calendar and to contact the Faculty Center for additional assistance.

 

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