The Relationship Between Information Technology/Institutional Research and Assessment:
While the Division of Information Technology and the Office of Institutional Research consult on various aspects of the institution’s assessment activities, the primary role of IT/IR is to provide complementary data that support the institution’s assessment practices. Individual academic units, support units, and formalized committees develop and maintain assessment plans that are consistent with University assessment goals; IT/IR provide data that assists units in evaluating performance trends of those goals.
One of the largest areas of data collection focuses on student outcomes. Therefore, current students and graduates of HSSU are strongly encouraged to cooperate with the institution’s assessment efforts to improve the quality of the education of future students. Student confidentiality is continuously and carefully maintained during assessment and data-collection efforts.
Harris-Stowe is committed to the use of evaluative processes to enhance the improvement of student learning. The institution, as a whole, as well as individual academic departments, has selected formal and informal methods to assess student performance and program effectiveness including:
Authentic assessment involves students in complex, open-ended tasks that have real-life problem-solving implications that require higher-order thinking and the integration of knowledge. Authentic assessments also model for instructors and students the expected standards by which the learning will be judged. The assessments may consist of:
Authentic assessments can accommodate students with varying abilities, learning styles, cultural backgrounds and experiential backgrounds.
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