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Office of Assessment of Educational Effectiveness

Mission

The Office of Assessment of Educational Effectiveness is committed to facilitating the assessment of educational effectiveness at the program and institutional levels to promote a culture of continual analysis and improvement of teaching and learning.

Specific Areas of Responsibility

  • Facilitate the analysis of curricular strengths and weaknesses of the curriculum by faculty.
  • Create and support useful methods and practices to compare stated learning objectives with evidence of student learning.
  • Facilitate the creation and adoption of on-going assessment tools and processes with the goal of improving teaching and learning.
  • Manage and facilitate the Curriculum Mapping Initiative aligning Institutional, Programmatic, and Course level learning outcomes.
  • Collaborate with Academic Instruction & Innovation to create initiatives to improve teaching and learning.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Research to document and organize research and findings regarding educational effectiveness.
  • Design and develop Curriculum Mapping Initiative (CMI) software. Log in to CMI.

 

Equation for Assessment of Educational Effectiveness

Intended
learning
outcomes

-

What students
actually
demonstrate

=

What
needs
improvement

Assessing Educational Effectiveness

The goal of assessment of educational effectiveness is to find out what's working effectively and what is not in order to improve the educational experience.

Assessment consists of:

  • Documenting the knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs of students as evidence of student learning

AND

  • Comparing the evidence to the stated learning outcomes

IN ORDER TO

  • Demonstrate the strengths and weakness of an academic program

SO THAT

  • it can become more effective

 

Valerie Landau
Director of Assessment
3012 Summit Street, First Floor, C Wing
Oakland, CA 94609
510-869-6511 ext5358
vlandau@samuelmerritt.edu