Assessment spurs collaboration for many areas across our institutions.
Literature has not been shy to encourage such collaboration and involvement, as assessment is not just the responsibility of one person or office (Maki, 2010; Suskie, 2009; Yousey-Elsener, Bentrim, and Henning, 2015).
Before we go any further, it’s important to solidify that assumption for yourself. As I know it to be a relevant litmus test, consider the following questions:
- How can we be better stewards of resources?
- Are we improving our quality where necessary?
- Are we providing the support needed for students to be retained and successful?
- What student trends or issues are emerging to which we need to adjust?
- How can we articulate what we do to outside parties?
- What are students learning?
All of these questions can be answered by assessment through proper planning (Upcraft & Schuh, 2001).