Mount St. Joseph University is among ten exemplary colleges and universities named as the inaugural class of Excellence in Assessment designees, recognizing the institutions’ commitment to the comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes as a means to drive internal improvement and advance student success. The Excellence in Assessment (EIA) program—the first national designation of its kind—spotlights institutions successfully integrating assessment practices across campus, providing evidence of student learning outcomes, and using assessment results to guide institutional decision-making and improve student performance.
The EIA designation is the first national program designed to recognize institutions engaging in intentional campus-wide assessment. The evaluation process for the designation included a rigorous and systematic self-study and peer review by faculty members who are assessment experts, and include feedback that enables campuses to improve their effectiveness and sharing of best practices. Accredited, degree-granting institutions working to implement and sustain comprehensive use of assessment of student learning outcomes in written communication and critical thinking are eligible to receive the designations.
“Every regionally-accredited university is asked to identify the knowledge and skills that students will master in each course, major or graduate program, and liberal arts curriculum,” said Mary Kay Fleming, Ph.D., assessment coordinator at the Mount. “But institutions vary in how well they do this and how consistently they use the evidence of learning to improve student experiences and outcomes. Nurturing students to develop the abilities needed for a productive career, commitment to social justice, and a meaningful personal life is a serious commitment at the Mount. Assessment is a collaborative effort. Our faculty and staff are all in for delivering on our promises to students and families who place their trust in us.”
“The Mount is committed to continuous improvement through quality student learning outcomes assessment,” said H. James Williams, Ph.D., president of the Mount. “This award places the Mount in an elite group of schools that are doing an exceptional job of holding themselves accountable to students, families, and the public trust.”
In addition to the Mount, the other institutions comprising the inaugural class are: Cameron University, Capella University, the Community College of Baltimore College, Indiana University—Purdue University, Indianapolis, Kansas State University, Mills College, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Zayed University.
The sponsors of the EIA program are the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), a public college and university transparency initiative led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).