How Ongoing Assessment Benefits Learning Institutions
Developing a culture of assessment requires a continuous process of engaging faculty and other stakeholders in the discussion. To get started, look beyond the immediate demands of accreditation and ask:
What do you really want to know about your students’ learning?
Assessing student progress on learning outcomes throughout their academic program tells you volumes about how and when they reach that end-point.
Knowing more about HOW your students learn will help you be a more effective instructor. You won’t just have to rely on your intuition, but will have data to confirm it.
Student Progress Reporting, Any Time
Ongoing assessment activities generate formative data and provide easy access to student progress on learning outcomes.
With only a few clicks, you can generate drillable graphs and other analytics that describe which subsets of students are performing above expectation or which cohorts may be struggling with particular concepts.
Data-Driven Decisions on Budgets, Resources and Curriculum to Improve Student Learning
At the administrative level, ongoing assessment means that you will have a better foundation for making budgetary decisions, allocating resources, hiring instructors, and restructuring curriculum.
While summative assessment tells you where students land, ongoing assessment tells you about their journey and the institution’s impact on their learning. Standardized testing can’t do that. You can now support your intuition with data.
Engage Students in Reflective Learning
Transparency in learning outcomes allows students to monitor their own growth and understand how courses are related. They begin to talk… Students begin to talk about learning – not just the grades they received, but the abilities they have acquired.
Becoming a reflective learner means taking the long view through ongoing assessment of student learning outcomes. This will provide context for reflection which in turn helps your students improve concentration and focus, foster creative skills, and develop critical thinking skills and meta-cognitive skills.
Meet Accreditation Demands, Easily
Increasingly, accreditation agencies are looking at systems and processes instead of one-time events. Self-aware institutions continuously have their finger on the pulse of campus activities and don’t wait for the reaccreditation event to advocate for change.
Successfully satisfying these demands through an ongoing assessment program is not the stress-inducing activity some may believe. By fostering an institutional change of ongoing assessment and incorporating the technology to support it, the data needed for the accreditation process is at your fingertips.
The more your faculty know about how your students learn, the better they can meet their needs. Summative assessment will tell you only whether or not your students have reached the proficient level of performance. Formative, ongoing educational assessment will provide your faculty with a picture of their students’ journeys.
With on-going formative educational assessment, your faculty will be more in-tune by viewing the growth of students as it happens.
Download the Guide to Successful Accreditation
Successfully navigating your way through the accreditation process, especially when it comes to the assessment of student learning is a multi-faceted operation including the main focus areas: logistics, assessment elements, reporting, content and strategy.
Download the Guide to Successful Accreditation / Reaccreditation to start your institution’s journey to proactive educational assessment.