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Evaluation and Assessment

Clarke University has in place the means to ensure the quality of its instruction and co-curricular programs. These include structures, policies, and procedures that enable its programs to function effectively; the human resources – well qualified faculty and staff – who teach and provide support; and the material resources that guarantee students access to the most contemporary technology and facilities.

The institution’s faculty, the academic administration, and the student life staff each play a role in the ongoing evaluation of student learning within the dual contexts of academics and co-curricular endeavors. Information gleaned from the University’s multiple levels of evaluation and assessment is employed in making decisions that ensure a lively and rigorous educational environment and continuous improvement of the University’s programming.

Clarke University has adopted a model for continuous improvement in academic and student life programming in which ongoing evaluation plays a central role. In this model, program review is not only continuous but systemic: it occurs on multiple levels, involves multiple segments of the University community, and drives constructive and necessary change. In utilizing the continuous improvement model, Clarke (1) ensures quality in all its programs and educational offerings, (2) serves the common good in terms of its identity as a center of learning in the twenty-first century, and (3) lives its mission to encourage personal and intellectual growth, promote global awareness and responsibility, and deepen spiritual values.

Assessment Committee

Purpose

The Assessment Committee focuses on Student Learning. Its purpose is to provide counsel and advice to the Director of Assessment, the Academic Deans, the VP of Student Life and VP and Provost for Academic affairs by: 1) conducting a thorough review of annual assessment summary reports and processes, 2) analyzing and articulating trends revealed in student learning and engagement assessments across the institution or in major areas of the university, and 3) making recommendations for continuous improvement across the institution and aligning initiatives with strategic priorities.

The four standing sub‐committees include, but are not limited to: General Education, Major Programs, Student Life Programs, Institutional Assessments, and Assessment Website. Ad hoc committees will be convened to review other special reports and/or to address short‐term issues.

Authority and Responsibility

The function of the Assessment Committee is to provide support and direction to the Director of Assessment and the institution in its assessment of student learning efforts.

Membership

Assessment Director, three members from Student Life, one member from each of the academic divisions, Director of General Education, Director of Academic Technology, Director of Institutional Assessment, Deans and Provost.

Frequency

Ordinarily, two meetings per month. Work‐flow will dictate how meetings are divided between the full Assessment Committee and Subcommittees.