Assessment is the process of evaluating educational effectiveness by relating institutional program missions and goals to actual student performance for the primary purpose of enhancing learning. The School of Business has developed a comprehensive assessment system that effectively measures student learning. The assessment process links University Outcomes, Program Goals , and Course Objectives to improve student learning.
Outcomes, Goals, & Objectives
University Outcome for Student Learning and Development
- Outcomes describe the actual capabilities, knowledge or qualities students should develop as a result of their educational experiences.
- Outcomes, the end-products of the instructional process, may be observable or internal changes in the learner. This shifts the focus from objectives derived often from content or textbook outlines to objectives based on desired changes in the learner.
- Student outcome statements describe what students typically are able to do as a consequence of a program of planned learning activities.
School of Business Student Learning Program Goals (Program level)
As commonly used in education, goals are rather broad and general descriptions of the long term aims of a whole curriculum or learning area. Goals tend to provide an indication of the philosophical base of a curriculum and thus are intended to provide a general orientation for the development of the curriculum.
Objectives are rather narrow in scope and - over a whole curriculum or course -may be many in number. They are sometimes called specific objectives although what they specify varies widely. A course objective may identify particular desired results of an academic course or a set of activities carried out within a set time frame by a University office or division.
Results of assessment activities