Lauren Germain, PhD
Director of Evaluation, Assessment and Research
Assessment and Program Evaluation
The Office of Evaluation, Assessment and Research provides support and consultation to faculty and administration in assessing student outcomes, focusing on the competencies and learning objectives to be measured. We also help faculty with the evaluation of overall educational program effectiveness.
The university-wide process to assess student learning and measure educational program effectiveness is illustrated below. Information more specific to assessing student learning and educational program effectiveness can be found at the links to the left.
Faculty within the educational programs have responsibility for developing and disseminating educational competencies and learning objectives, designing curricula, assessing student achievement of learning outcomes, and using results to improve teaching and learning. The Director of Evaluation, Assessment and Research supports and provides consultation to the faculty in this process, and ties these processes together across the university. On an annual basis, the Leadership Council reviews this process and modifies it as appropriate. Results of learning outcomes and program evaluations result in change to the defined competencies or learning objectives, the curriculum or pedagogy, or lead to new assessment methods. The process is illustrated below.