Problematic Issues in Assessment

Deliberately or not, we are all involved in assessment with students. Through our coursework, program development, and daily university life, we constantly assess ourselves, our students, and our programs. The difficulty lies in formalizing this process. Creating definitions and developing methods of assessment can be a confusing task, when assessment activities are an informal part of our work.

There is no one standardized test that can assess student learning, program relevance, and university services. That is why university-wide assessment is an on-going process. As assessment methods emerge for one program, another part of our community may still struggle with the process. As different university constituencies communicate with each other, formalization will solidify and assessment will become a less confusing part of our programs.

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