CityU’s Approach to Outcomes Assessment
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As the higher education community continues to increase its focus on student learning as the essential hallmark of the quality and value of a college education, more outcomes assessment models are being developed. City University of Seattle’s model uses its centrally-designed curriculum to embed outcomes at the course, program, and institution level, and to define assessments to provide evidence of student achievement of those outcomes. Program directors ensure this evidence is reviewed annually as part of a continuous improvement process to determine necessary program improvements designed to increase levels of student learning. The model links the outcomes assessment process back to the university’s mission and character as a teaching institution, with an emphasis on authentic assessment strategies. The challenges and successes of this model are discussed, along with suggestions for further research.