Frequently Asked Questions
When I hear "outcomes assessment", I think of an industrial process that leads to
"products." Education is not so easily described, especially a liberal education.
Is this the only way to think of assessment?
Isn't the education of a student more than the sum total of classes that a student has taken? What about all the other experiences that students have? Are majors and departments the only units involved in assessment efforts?
What is to prevent our assessment from becoming a high-stakes test? Is our purpose to design assessments that help us learn whether our students are learning what we hope they are learning, or is it to establish a test that our students must pass?