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Assessment & Planning

What is assessment and why do we do it?

At Washington College we are committed to giving every student opportunities for intellectual growth and widened career prospects. But how can we be sure that we deliver on this commitment? Because we engage in ongoing and rigorous assessment. Assessment is the process of collecting, analyzing and using information to increase student learning. We assess our programs to be sure that we have clearly defined goals and that students are achieving those goals. Ongoing assessment ensures that a Washington College education is of the highest quality.

Assessment is also required for accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Middle States has seven standards for accreditation, and each standard has an assessment criterion. The Self-Study completed in 2014 to maintain Middle States accreditation can be found here.

What kind of assessment does the College conduct?

General Education Learning Goals
General Education Learning Goals Assessment Reports
Student Learning Outcomes Assessment (SLOA)

These reports, completed every two years, allow departments to outline measurable objectives, describe how assessment data are captured, and present student learning outcomes data.  The link above provides two examples from each division of successful approaches to the assessment process.  The SLOA rationale and process can be found here.

Assessment Rotation for General Education Learning Goals and SLOA
Department Program Assessment and Planning (DPAP)

These triennial reports give departments the opportunity to examine enrollment change, curricular offerings, and changes in their fields.

Educational Support and Administrative Areas Assessment

As in the academic areas, assessment work in support and administrative areas involves articulating objectives, measuring performance, and making changes based on findings.

Peer and Aspirants

Peer and Aspirant Rationale 

This document explains the rationale behind expanding our list of peer and aspirants and for going to a three tiered system.  It also provides a brief description of each institution.

Peer and Aspirant List with Demographics

 This document lists all thirty peer and aspirants by tier and includes demographics.




Department Teaching and Credit Hour Report
Strategic Plan
Implementation Plan
Trends in Academic Technology & Learning Spaces
Assessing and Ensuring WC’s Value Proposition
October, 2013 Chairs Workshop
November, 2013 Chairs Meeting
Provost Office New Approach to Departmental Assessment
DPAP Rubric