Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Quality Improvement
Academic Assessment: From the Ground Up
The purpose of assessment is to ensure continuous improvement of student learning by informing all choices related to curricular, instructional, programs, and policy changes that contribute to student success. In other words, assessment is intended to provide the foundation for academic planning and decision making directed toward student learning.
To entrench a culture of evidence and improvement at Radford University, a bottom-up organizational structure that oversees the planning and implementation of assessment processes is proposed. Each college has its own College Assessment Committee (CAC) comprised of representatives from each department. The Chairs of each College Assessment Committee (CAC) or assigned representatives from each college constitute the Academic Program Assessment Committee (APAC). This organizational structure allows faculty across the board to take ownership of assessment and use the results for enhancing teaching and student learning, as well as for continuous improvements of programs and services.