PURPOSE OF ASSESSMENT AT GVSU
Grand Valley’s two-pronged mission is to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies and to contribute to the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service.
To monitor the extent to which student education and societal enrichment are occurring and the quality of the outcomes achieved as the result of the University’s activities, Grand Valley has established a comprehensive, multi-level assessment structure.
This assessment structure and the processes required to ensure that the structure permeates the entire institution are integral to the institution’s cycle of continuous program improvement. Improvement in which administrators, faculty, students and external organizations are engaged in examining and refining all aspects of the university’s operations – including its academic components, its administrative functions, its facilities, its policies and procedures, its impacts on students, and its relationships with the broader community and world.
BACKGROUND OF ASSESSMENT AT GVSU
In 1991, Grand Valley’s Provost established the institution’s first assessment task force. Several years later the ad hoc task force was renamed the University Assessment Committee and in April 2003, the University Academic Senate approved the UAC as a standing committee of faculty governance, placing assessment responsibility within the purview of faculty governance.
Today the University Assessment Committee (UAC) is responsible for developing the formats for the assessment reports and Grand Valley program self-studies that guide units in analyzing and reporting their findings. The committee reviews all assessment plans, reports and self studies and provides feedback and guidance to academic units for using assessment findings to drive programmatic improvements. In 2005, the University created the position of Assessment & Accreditation Officer, which is positioned within the Provost’s Office, as a support for assessment and reaccreditation activities institution-wide. The position works in close collaboration with the UAC to provide assistance to units for their assessment activities.
UNDERLYING ASSUMPTIONS OF GVSU’s ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
UNDERLYING ASSUMPTIONS OF GVSU’s DATA COLLECTION, DATA ANALYSIS AND DATA REPORTING COMPONENTS OF ASSESSMENT
Grand Valley believes that to be effective, assessment planning and implementation must include:
UNDERLYING ASSUMPTIONS OF GRAND VALLEY’S ASSESSMENT RESULTS DISSEMINATION PROCESSES:
Resources for assessing student learning, including development of learning objectives, rubrics, and surveys, can be found on the UAC webpage. Additional resources are available through the Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center.