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Assessment Framework


While there are many important reasons to engage in assessment, the following are most fundamental from the Providence College perspective:

  • Identifying Purpose — determining how actions help to  fulfill institutional and departmental mission
  • Building Evidence — generating evidence-based answers to questions such as: “Are we doing what we say we do?” and “Are we doing well what we say we do?”
  • Formal Linking of Mission, Goals, and Outcomes — connecting purpose and performance
  • Regional Accreditation/Governmental Mandates — responding to external demands; e.g., NECHE identified assessment as an area for significant improvement during the College’s 1997 accreditation review and an area for continued improvement during the College’s 2007 comprehensive visit
  • Competition — providing constituents with evidence of success and positive outcomes

Assessment Process

  1. ​Develop/articulate mission (based on College Mission)
  2. Develop outcomes (based on mission)
  3. Develop measurements (based on outcomes)
  4. Conduct measurements
  5. Evaluate, interpret, and report results/Identify necessary improvements
  6. Execute improvements
  7. Repeat steps 4-7, continuously; review steps 1-3, periodically

Assessment Methods

The following is a list of some commonly used assessment methods:

  • ​Examinations, commercially-available or self-developed, that test general knowledge or abilities
  • ​Formal evaluations of work (e.g., presentations, papers, personal vision statements, reflections, other) determined using standards that reflect intended outcomes (e.g., rubrics)
  • ​Portfolios
  • Focus groups and/or interviews
  • Surveys/Questionnaires
  • Alumni surveys
  • Document analyses
  • Statistical analyses
  • Service Counts
  • External Consultants/Reviews
  • Benchmarking

Frameworks for Synthesizing Data​

  • ​Strengths – Challenges – Directions
  • ​Foundations – Transformations – Outcomes