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Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness

Academic Assessment

Northwestern has developed a consistent and ongoing process for the evaluation of student learning.  At the program level, assessment of student learning is faculty-driven, with support from academic administrators and the Office of Assessment.  

In Fall 2011, a retreat was held with division and department chairs, along with key faculty, to shift the focus of academic assessment from program goals to the evaluation of student learning outcomes.  Program faculty used a guide, presented by the Office of Assessment, to develop student learning outcomes that are reflective of the upper cognitive levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.  In addition, faculty discussed how to utilize multiple methodologies, both direct and indirect, in assessing student learning.  Finally, faculty discussed how to analyze data and reflect on their findings in order to determine whether or not program modifications should be made to improve student learning.

Subsequent faculty forums have been implemented bi-annually with the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Academic Deans, and the Director of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, guiding faculty in exercises that help them to share best practices and discuss ways to improve the assessment process.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

You will be able to find the Student Learning Outcomes for each department and/or program on their respective pages. We have linked to the location where they can be found on each department and/or program link below:

School of Arts and Sciences

Communication Department

English, Foreign Language & Humanities Department

Fine Arts Department

  • Music - BA
  • Music - BM
  • Music Education Instrument
  • Music Education Vocal
  • Speech and Theatre
  • Visual Arts

Math and Computer Science Department

Natural Science Department

Social Sciences Department

Social Work Department

School of Education

Undergraduate Programs in Education:

Graduate Programs in Education

Professional Studies

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