Wikipedia describes educational assessment as “the process of documenting . . . knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs.”
Andrews University believes that assessment of student learning is an integral part of good educational practice. The ultimate goal of assessment at Andrews University is the improvement of student learning. This includes not only competence and skills in one’s field, but also goals relating to spiritual and ethical development, service, and the ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.
Assessment at Andrews is integrated across all levels. Assessment in courses includes routine measures such as assignments, quizzes, and tests. The aggregation and examination of these measures provides comprehensive information about students’ progress towards mastery of key points of instruction. At the program level, assessments indicate not only students’ mastery of knowledge and skills learned in courses, but also the ability to apply what they’ve learned to the broader context. Program assessment, the assessment of co-curricular programs and campus environment, and university-wide assessments, such as major field tests and student surveys, inform the institution how well it is achieving its mission that students will Seek Knowledge, Affirm Faith, and be prepared to Change the World.
For further information on how Andrews University incorporates assessment into our practice, see our Philosophy of Assessment. Also feel free to explore the resources and data available on this site. Watch for periodic updates.