About Assessment

What is Assessment?

Assessment is the systematic collection, review, and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and development (Palomba & Banta, 1999). Assessment is a formative process that focuses on student learning.  Assessment involves…

  • Setting explicit student learning goals or outcomes for an academic program
  • Evaluating the extent to which students are reaching those goals
  • Using the information for program development and improvement

The purpose of assessment is to understand how educational programs are working and to determine whether they are contributing to student growth and development (Palomba & Benta, 1999).  Assessment is considered an important tool that facilitates discussion about academic & student programs and provides useful information to faculty and administrative leaders about program strengths and areas for development or improvement.

Areas of Assessment

Program Outcomes Assessment- evaluation of student achievement of expected outcomes in a major.

Outcomes assessment within a degree program is a process of articulating expected student learning outcomes for degree programs, collecting data to evaluate the extent to which students achieve those outcomes, and using that information for program development.

The faculty should guide their program’s outcomes assessment process by defining program's expected educational outcomes, identifying and implementing appropriate tools for evaluating student achievement of program goals, and actively using the information to justify what’s working well in the program and to identify areas for program growth and development.

General Education Assessment– evaluation of student achievement of basic skills competencies and general education learner goals.

The purpose of assessment of general education is to evaluate student achievement of institutionally recognized competencies in general education including communication, analytical, quantitative, ethical, cultural, and critical thinking skills.

Assessment of Student and Alumni Satisfaction (Surveys) – evaluation of Students’ perceptions of educational experiences including satisfaction with support service, academic curriculum, and the faculty.


The Office of Assessment & Accreditation and the Office of Institutional Research coordinates a variety of surveys aimed at gathering feedback from students about their educational experiences at Tiffin University.  The Surveys provide information for evaluating and improving academic programs and student services.