Assessment at UNCW

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Learning Assessment Council

The Learning Assessment Council is convened by the Vice Provost to make recommendations concerning learning assessment and evaluation to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Faculty Senate University Studies Committee, and others as warranted. The Council is the coordinating body for learning outcomes assessment and evaluation efforts on campus, defined as the systematic collection, evaluation, and use of information for the purpose of improving student learning and enriching the student experience. It works with the campus community to provide resources on assessment and to help foster a culture of assessment throughout the university. Learning outcomes assessment is not a review of faculty performance, but a means for informing units on the performance of their curricula and co-curricular programs for the purpose of continuous improvement. Learning assessment is therefore an integral component of the UNCW strategic goal of creating the most powerful learning experience possible for our students.

Learning assessment at UNCW includes both direct and indirect means of measuring student achievement. Applied learning or capstone experiences; standardized tests; professional licensure or certification; portfolio or performance assessments; senior projects, theses, or dissertations; internships; reviews of performances or projects by juried professionals; or locally produced examinations are examples of student learning direct measures. Retention and graduation rates; student, exit, or alumni surveys; job placement or acceptance into graduate or post-baccalaureate programs; or local, state, regional, national, or international awards are examples of student learning indirect measures.


  1. Coordinate the activities of all who are involved in the assessment of student learning.
  2. Maximize the flow of assessment information and the use of resources while providing a forum for the discussion of assessment practices and activities. Keep the university community apprised of expectations for assessment, including expectations related to regional accreditation.
  3. Provide oversight and direction for assessment of the UNCW learning goals and continuously evaluating progress toward those goals.
  4. Assist theGeneral Education Assessment Director and Assessment Directors of the various Schools and Colleges in the systematic collection, analysis, utilization, distribution, and exploitation of information to improve student learning, the student university experience, and the academic programs of the university on a continual basis through self-evaluation, especially with regard to the UNCW learning goals.
  5. Work with the General Education Assessment Director and Assessment Directors of the schools and colleges to provide regular reports to the university community, including students, about assessment activities and results.
  6. Evaluate assessment of academic program and student learning outcomes and provide guidance towards improvement of assessment.
  7. Integrate assessment into the university's academic functions by encouraging all degree programs to create student learning outcomes assessment plans, by helping faculty to identify desired student learning outcomes consistent with curricular objectives, and by increasing faculty involvement in assessment activities at all levels.
  8. Create a comprehensive institutional assessment effectiveness plan and periodically evaluate the plan.