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Purposes of Assessment

The Importance of Student Learning Assessment

UMD has campus-wide assessment of student learning practices in place to:

  • Demonstrate responsibility for the quality of our curricular and co-curricular programs
  • Evaluate the effectiveness at program and campus levels
  • Inform and implement improvements on a regular and ongoing basis to continually strengthen teaching and student learning

Our assessment work allows us to meet institutional accreditation standards established by the Higher Learning Commission, specialized program accreditation standards, and program review expectations. Sharing assessment information also meets the expectations of various stakeholder groups, such as students and their families, employers hiring our graduates, and faculty/staff comparing programs from other institutions.