Assessment at Ohio State

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Ensuring that students learn and succeed is fundamental to Ohio State’s mission.  Doing so addresses academic priorities and institutional goals to enhance the student experience and provide students with an unsurpassed, student-centered learning experience.  As an institution committed to teaching and learning, we are committed to making sure our students and educators are equipped with the best tools for success. One of these tools is learning outcomes assessment.

What is learning outcomes assessment?

Learning outcomes assessment is a strategy to improve student learning in the educational environment.  Learning outcomes assessment involves:  (1) making clear what students need to know, what they need to be able to do, and the mindset they should acquire from a course of study; (2) collecting information as to whether the knowledge, skills, and perspectives students are expected to learn are indeed acquired, and (3) evaluating and using collected information to improve learning in an ongoing improvement cycle.

Why is learning outcomes assessment important? 

Systematically and routinely gathering evidence about student learning helps us to be accountable to ourselves, our students, and the public.  It also provides information essential for continuous improvement and enhancing quality.  The call in higher education then, indeed a requirement for institutional accreditation, is to use assessment as a strategy to improve learning in all educational programs.

How is learning outcomes assessment supported at Ohio State?

The Office of Academic Affairs oversees, coordinates, and supports learning outcomes assessment processes at Ohio State.  The University Center for the Advancement of Teaching provides consultation on best practices.  The Office of Institutional Research and Planning facilitates data collection and reporting.  Explore our website to find additional resources, see examples of Assessment in Action, and discover the many ways assessment is realized at Ohio State.