Why is assessment of student learning important?
In effect there are two reasons assessment of student learning is important.
Assessment is needed for improvement. Improvement, with its internal focus provides
- opportunities for the academic community to engage in self-reflection of its learning goals, to determine the degree to which these goals correspond to student and societal needs, and to evaluate if students activities, products, or performances coincide with the academic communitys expectations;
- offers information to students about the knowledge, skills, and other attributes they can expect to possess after successfully completing coursework and academic programs.
- establishes ways for academic units to understand the dimensions of student learning when seeking to improve student achievement and the educational process.
Assessment is needed for accountability. Accountability, with its external focus, provides
- evidence of student achievement to accreditation groups, state legislators, and other stakeholders in education. Kent State Universitys accreditation process, the Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP), holds the institution responsible for evidence, among other efforts, of the continuous improvement of student learning.