Assessment Issues

The Importance of Assessment
Assessment is important for several reasons. Assessment demonstrates achievement of learning goals and objectives. In addition, it places a responsibility not only on students, but also on the faculty and institution as a whole to achieve these goals and objectives.

Accrediting organizations, governing boards, and state governments are increasingly calling upon, if not mandating, colleges and universities to assess student learning. Grand Valley State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Many of GVSU's programs, such as education, social work, nursing, and business, have external accreditation bodies for their field.

An Assessment Environment
For assessment to be successful, an institution must have commitment from its leaders and stakeholders. GVSU achieves an environment of assessment when all members of the GVSU community have a vested interest in the mutually achieved learning, as well as how these results relate to students' education. An environment of assessment is an integral part of the process of change and creation of a results-centered learning environment.

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