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The Assessment Loop

          Assessment of student learning is the systematic collection of information about student learning for the purpose of better understanding and improving learning. Academic programs articulate program learning outcomes, that is, they identify what knowledge, skills, and/or attitudes students are expected to demonstrate at the satisfactory completion of a course of study. Programs also develop and implement measures to gauge the extent to which students are mastering the stated outcomes. Data are collected regularly, and program faculty uses these data to inform decision making about teaching practices and the curriculum. The following diagram illustrates this assessment "loop."

Assessment Loop