Assessment is a systematic, continuous process of gathering and analyzing evidence of student learning to improve educational effectiveness at an institution.
Brandman University’s commitment to assessment is two-fold: conducting assessment adheres to a requirement from accrediting agencies, but more importantly, assessment is a useful tool in improving student learning. The results are used to inform Faculty, Deans, and Administrators; make evidence-based decisions that will improve the design and delivery of curriculum and institutional planning; as well as improve the educational effectiveness of programs, courses, and teaching methodologies.
Brandman University is committed to student success by ensuring academic quality through a culture of continuous improvement. To that end, the University has put into practice course embedded assessment which permits meaningful direct evidence of student learning at the course and the program level. By implementing course embedded assessment for program learning outcomes, faculty can authentically measure student learning while aligning course learning outcomes to program learning outcomes. Additional benefits of course embedded assessment include shared assessment processes with adjunct faculty, setting clear expectations for student work and learning, and targeting curriculum intervention.
The University’s process of assessing programs through course embedded assessment is summarized below:
The Office of Institutional Assessment and Planning is responsible for oversight, guidance, and reporting of learning outcomes, institutional surveys (e.g., course evaluations, specialized topics surveys), and administration of the university’s assessment management systems. Assessment of student learning occurs in the undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.
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