The University Assessment Plan explains assessment and the framework for assessment at Northeastern Illinois University. It includes an overview of how University wide assessment occurs, describing the role of participants, assessment structures, processes, activities, and timelines. Assessment is linked to multiple university processes that provide a basis for improving learning opportunities and successful student outcomes.

At Northeastern Illinois University, the main purpose of assessment is to improve student learning and development. To do this we:

  1. Review learning and teaching goals and outcomes to assure that these are clearly stated and congruent with the University’s mission, values, and strategic goals;
  2. Use qualitative and quantitative measures to analyze program activities to ensure that these support the intended student learning outcomes;
  3. Review results to examine where improvements can be made;
  4. Develop funding requests based on data analysis and review of assessment results to link with the internal budget cycle, grant support, and strategic planning processes,
  5. Develop and implement changes in policies, resource support, program activities, or curricular/co-curricular re-design to improve student learning outcomes.
  6. Repeat the assessment cycle to assure that modifications improve student learning and development.

Results are shared with the University community through the Annual Assessment Report, which in turn provides a further basis for collective improvements.

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