Academic assessment is the systematic process of gathering, analyzing, and using information about student learning to improve the learning process. It is an essential component of quality improvement and accountability for all departments and academic programs at UW-Whitewater.
A comprehensive system of assessment provides departments and programs with the data they need to make evidence-based decisions and also forms the basis for rich faculty, staff, and student discussions about ways to improve teaching, learning, and department/program function.
Academic Assessment starts with developing the outcomes we want students to achieve.
Student learning outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will know or be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program. The most useful SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success.
Lists of student learning outcomes by program can be found here.
More information on assessment can be found here.
- Elements of Academic Assessment
- Tips to Facilitate Your Department/Program's Academic Assessment Initiatives
- General Education Assessment
Committees at the University Related to Assessment
- University Assessment Committee
- Assessment Council
- College Assessment Committees
- Most academic departments have individual assessment committees. For more information on these committees, contact the department directly.
For any additional questions please contact the Office of Academic Assessment at firstname.lastname@example.org.