Assessment as a tool for student success
Assessment is a way to gather information about teaching and learning that goes beyond course averages and final grade distributions.
Assessment is the process of gathering and discussing infomration from multiple and diverse sources in order to develop a deep understanding of what students know, understand, and can do with their knowledge as a result of their educational experiences; the process culminates when assessment results are used to improve subsequent learning. (Huba & Freed, 2000).
Integrating assessment best practices into the work that is already occuring at multiple levels across UCR, faculty, programs, and the campus as a whole can make evidence-based decisions to support student success and program improvement. Assessment ideally is embedded in teaching and part of an ongoing process of improvement.