Cedar Valley College instituted a centralized model for assessment of student learning at the core
objective and program level in December 2017 in an effort to create a more visible and coherent
Assessment is the methodical collection of information over a period of time about student learning and the use of that information to create a cycle of improved teaching and learning. Improvement plans should reflect improvement upon pedagogy, curriculum, and program planning. Cedar Valley College uses assessment to better understand how different courses and programs affect our students throughout their CVC experience so that better coordination and collaboration can take place toward improving the student learning experience.
The faculty at Cedar Valley College are focused on continuously improving the student learning experience through informed decision making. Assessment guides that process. The goals of assessment at the core objective and program level include:
Assessment aims to answer the question: What do we want our students to learn, what are they actually learning, and how do we know? This collaborative process is a major part of institutional effectiveness, as it allows faculty to compare outcomes with purposes, goals, and objectives while identifying areas of congruence and incongruence.