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University Assessment

University assessment

Where do we want students to be at the end of a course or a program? How will we know if they get there? These two questions are at the heart of assessments at Central State. Assessment is simply the process of collecting information about student learning and performance and using that information to improve instruction.

At Central State, we believe that for assessment to be meaningful (not teaching to the test!), it must be done thoughtfully and systematically. We also believe it should be driven by faculty so that the information gathered:

  • Reflects the goals and values of particular disciplines.
  • Helps faculty refine their teaching practices and grow as educators.
  • Helps programs refine their curricula to prepare students for life in a global community and success in an evolving workplace.

Assessment of learning outcomes occurs at the course, program, and University levels.

Central State University student learning outcomes

Each of the major areas of study at CSU holds high and explicit expectations for student learning; these expectations are embodied in learning outcomes for each major. In addition, all our majors share fundamental educational values that inform University learning outcomes, introduced within Central State's Marauder general education curriculum. The Marauder curriculum ensures students gain foundational knowledge and proficiency in skills to support expanded understanding and added competence in their degree programs, future professions, and daily lives.