L&S Assessment FAQ: Purpose of Assessing Student Learning

This document attempts to explain - perhaps incompletely - why academic programs must be regularly assessed.

Systematic assessment of student learning produces information that can be put to many uses:

Although the last of these is often cited - or faulted - as the driving force behind initiatives to assess student learning, the assessment of student learning outcomes has contributed in important ways to essential processes in departments and in the college.
Documentation of learning questions raised and patterns observed helps future generations of faculty and curriculum planners understand and resolve issues that arise, providing a secure foundation for decision-making and, when required, action.

Contact Elaine Klein, Associate Dean for Academic Planning, with further questions
Phone: (608) 265-8484
Email: elaine.klein@wisc.edu

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