Question: Assessment has been mentioned a lot lately. What is it, why are we doing it, and what does it have to do with me?
CITL’s Answer: Assessment is gathering information for a purpose. You are probably referring to assessment of student learning. We gather information about student learning for accountabilities and improvement. Because we make claims about what students will know and be able to do once they complete a course or a curriculum at Emerson, we are obligated to validate those claims with evidence. Students, parents, funding agencies, and accrediting bodies are entitled to summary information about student learning. The information also serves to guide the development of new curricula, and to facilitate continuous improvement of existing curricula. The courses you teach belong to one or more curricula. The assignments and examinations you have designed for your students yield evidence of student learning. By sharing information about the evidence, you will contribute to the ongoing assessment for accountabilities and improvement. For more information, contact Karen_StClair@emerson.edu