Advancing through Assessment.

Objectives of Assessment

  1. To clearly articulate a set of curricular and co-curricular objectives to inform a student's knowledge level of a given content area skill level as appropriately defined worldview formation leading to a set of values.
  2. To develop a well-defined strategy to achieve those objectives, including identifying and monitoring trends in student profiles trends in student learning the instruments and methods used in assessing student learning.
  3. To offer verifiable evidence of the achievement of those goals by the use of direct methods of assessment the use of indirect methods of assessment.
  4. To provide a means of accountability to ensure ongoing assessment through appropriate organizational accountability processes through meeting the guidelines of the Higher Learning Commission through the development of campus ethos of assessment.
  5. To gather, interpret and use the evidence of assessment in the institutional decision-making processes of instructional program improvement, strategic planning and resource allocation by implementing the University's strategic planning process as guided by Chief Academic Officer, the Dean of Assessment and the divisional chairs used widely across all units of the campus community.
  6. To provide yearly and other regular reports to the campus community to report the work of assessment provide feedback for curricular and co-curricular development inform logistic and strategic decision making develop a campus ethos of assessment.

Assessment Plan


The following reports reflect the work of the University in the area of assessment. They highlight some of the best practices observed in specific divisions and/or courses. In addition, they give next steps for the growth of the assessment culture at Cornerstone.