Bridgewater State University
2nd edition (Updated)
Welcome to the BSU Assessment Guidebook, 2nd edition!
Bridgewater State University works from a continuous program improvement model of assessment. Assessment is an on-going cycle of setting goals, developing and measuring student learning outcomes, analyzing assessment data, interpreting findings and, subsequently, improving programs and activities. Assessment can be used in any setting. Academic assessment is focused particularly on improving student learning, so the broad goals and specific learning outcomes, as well as measurement(s) for each learning outcome addressed in academic assessment should be directly linked with student learning.
The purpose of this guidebook is to assist faculty members in developing and implementing assessment plans in two areas:
· For review of academic programs or majors
· For evaluation of student learning within a single course
Assessment in each of these areas is the domain of the faculty. This guidebook was developed primarily by faculty for faculty. It is meant to pool our collective knowledge so that faculty members entering into this task will benefit from the efforts of those who have preceded them or who have particular expertise in this area.
This guidebook is not intended to be read in a linear fashion but rather to serve as a reference work from which readers can select the sections they need for a particular project. Click on the links below to find the topics that interest you.
Last Modified: October 19, 2012