At GW, assessment of student learning takes place in a variety of institutional locations. Faculty and academic deans have primary responsibility for assessment of degree programs, general education, and individual courses. Administrators have greater responsibility for institutional and co-curricular assessment. The Campus Assessment Coordinating Council helps to keep all academic entities informed.
Academic Program assessment
Every degree program in the University is responsible for formulating learning outcomes and conducting annual reviews of some element of the academic program. These are included in annual reports to the academic deans. Departments and programs rely on annual program assessments for long-term planning and as the basis for self-assessment in the Academic Program Reviews (APR) required every five years.
General Education assessment
Each undergraduate college has a well-developed program of general education. The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences abides by requirements set by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and the GW School of Business by standard set by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and the Elliott School of International Affairs have defined general education requirements that meet Standard 12 of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Course Level assessment
Course level assessment is the responsibility of individual faculty, who assess student learning through course assignments, projects, and exams designed to measure the achievement of their articulated course goals. They report their results to department committees and chairs, as part of coordinating education within degree programs, schools, and the wider university mission.
Co-curricular Programs assessment
Periodic evaluation of the effectiveness of GW’s curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular experiences will be undertaken with the intent of using these evaluation results to improve student learning and to enable students to better understand their own educational progress.
Institutional Level assessment
The Office of Academic Planning, Institutional Research, and Assessment (APIRA) coordinates administrative planning and manages connections between administrative and academic planning groups. The Associate Porvost, Cheryl Beil, serves as GW’s official liaison with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.