Assessment Leadership Academy Learning Goals and Outcomes

Participants who complete Academy requirements will be able to do the following:

Goal 1. Assessment Foundations

1.1 Use basic concepts and vocabulary (e.g., close the loop, triangulation) to plan, discuss, and analyze assessments of academic affairs and student affairs programs
1.2 Describe and use common approaches to assessment (e.g., rubrics, program review) and describe their advantages, disadvantages, and appropriateness for specific purposes
1.3 Attend to issues of equity and diversity when designing and planning assessments
1.4 Analyze, interpret, and communicate assessment data
1.5 Link assessment results to action plans to close the loop
1.6 Define and apply basic measurement principles (e.g., reliability, validity) to assessment
1.7 Connect assessment practices with learning theory and pedagogical approaches in a learning-centered environment
1.8 Describe conditions and strategies for institutional change related to assessment
1.9 Describe philosophical assumptions and the history of assessment in American higher education
1.10 Discuss federal, regional, and accreditation policies relevant to assessment and accountability
1.11 Discuss national developments in assessment


Goal 2. Assessment Training and Consultation

2.1 Evaluate and provide constructive feedback and support for campus assessment efforts
2.2 Guide campus professionals to align pedagogy and curricula with relevant learning outcomes at the course, program, and institutional level
2.3 Collaborate with campus professionals to use assessment to improve student learning
2.4 Analyze campus culture and provide leadership to better integrate assessment into campus functioning (e.g., data utilization, program review, budgeting, academic and strategic planning)
2.5 Promote the engagement of campus professionals in a culture of assessment


Goal 3. Campus Leadership

3.1 Describe, select, and use appropriate leadership models and practices
3.2 Analyze their institution to design context-based processes to foster change
3.3 Inform, advise, and engage campus administrators (e.g., presidents, trustees) in the support of assessment
3.4 Provide leadership to develop and implement institution-wide assessment tools and systems
3.5 Advocate for assessment to improve student learning

Goal 4. Scholarship and Contributions beyond Your Campus

4.1 Conduct scholarship of assessment and engage/mentor others in similar pursuits
4.2 Contribute to regional discussions of assessment, accountability, and educational effectiveness
4.3 Situate assessment in the context of national issues, concerns, and priorities