Assessment Resources at Eastern Florida

Purpose of Assessment: Assessment at EFSC involves gathering and interpreting information about student learning in the classroom, on campus or throughout a program. The information collected often represents one of many variables contributing to student success. Additionally, assessment allows us to see how our actions as a college, a program or an individual influence student performance.

Assessment is a foundation of education. Students are tasked, tested and observed daily to evaluate skills and academic abilities. We use the results of assessment, including in-class assessment and a number of external measures, to determine how and if students are learning. Whether at the individual, class or program level, we synthesize the results of multiple assessments to improve our performance and further enhance student experiences, learning and performance.

The Core Abilities, the key skills, knowledge, and competencies expected of EFSC graduates, are the heart of the offered degree programs. Assessing learning in individual courses and throughout programs of study allows us to determine how students are learning this information in addition to the directly studied subject matter.

In addition, assessment gives us the opportunity to continually partake of the cycle of planning, assessing, analyzing and using the results to make informed decisions and design changes.

Why do we assess?
We assess to answer the following questions:

Which course and program improvements need to be made?
Assessment provides evidence of student learning. This allows us the opportunity to determine which changes to programs and courses will best enhance it.

What can I do in my classroom to influence student learning?
While data is not reviewed at the instructor level, assessment may be used by individual faculty to improve their teaching strategies and information delivery.

Which courses need to be created or revised?
Disciplines may notice weaknesses within individual courses and revise them accordingly based on assessment data. Additionally, faculty may use learning outcomes to design assignments representative of the program goals.

Which programs need to be created or revised?
Assessment can point to program limitations that may be fixed with the addition of new courses. Additionally, reviewing assessment data may assist in limiting overlap and redundancy within a program, allowing those issues to be addressed.

Training
As part of a collegewide initiative to assure faculty have a better understanding of the Core Abilities, training workshops and discussion groups have been implemented. Faculty are encouraged to visit the Center for Teaching Excellence calendar or the EFSC Training Calendar to register for upcoming sessions.

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