Lincoln University - Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Assessment of Student Learning

Excellence in student learning is at the heart of the University’s mission. As such, the assessment of student learning (Standard 14) is a critical component of assessing institutional effectiveness. (Standard 7)  

Standard 7: Institutional Assessment

The institution has developed and implemented an assessment process that evaluates its overall effectiveness in achieving its mission and goals and its compliance with accreditation standards.

Standard 14: Assessment of Student Learning

Assessment of student learning demonstrates that at graduation, or other appropriate points, the institution’s students have knowledge, skills, and competencies consistent with institutional and appropriate higher education goals (MSCHE 2006).

Student learning assessment seeks to answer the critical questions of:  What should the student know?  What should they value?  What should they be able to do? Mostly important assessment asks: “How do we know that the student can do these things” (Suskie, 2009).

The Lincoln University’s approach to student learning outcomes assessment is a “design backward” and “deliver forward” model. Designing backward, we examine our Institution’s mission and institutional learning outcomes. Thereafter, we link institutional student learning outcomes to program learning outcomes and program learning outcomes to courses outcomes. Delivering forward, we assess course-learning outcomes to ensure the achievement of program outcomes which link to Institutional learning outcomes. The “design backward” and “assess forward” is added value for students as it allows them to make connections in their learning experiences.