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Academic Assessment

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Assessment for student learning and institutional improvement is a core value and ongoing activity at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The primary purpose of assessment is to create an environment that promotes educational excellence through evidence-based dialogue about academic programs and services. Successful assessment accomplishes this by:

  • encouraging us to think deeply about the outcomes we desire for our students and the methods by which those outcomes might be encouraged;
  • giving us reliable data upon which to measure whether our students are achieving those outcomes or whether our methods are contributing to or detracting from that achievement;
  • and stimulating us to achieve and maintain high quality teaching and learning.

Assessment also enables us to communicate the effectiveness of our efforts to a variety of stakeholders and to use resources more wisely in carrying out the mission and goals of the University. Assessment facilitates these functions by:

  • providing a basis for communicating our achievements to our constituents in an objective and accountable fashion; and
  • providing a basis for making resource allocation decisions.

Our assessment efforts are guided by assessment and evaluation standards from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA), a variety of professional organizations, and a review of assessment practices at colleges and universities with reputations for effective assessment. UMKC outlined its Assessment Plan in 2006, and is currently in the process of updating this plan.

To learn more about assessment, please consult the information in this website, the topics covered in the UMKC Handbook for Learning Outcomes Assessment, or contact Nathan Lindsay, Assistant Vice Provost for Assessment at lindsayn@umkc.edu, or (816) 235-6084.

Also, the current FaCET Fellow for Assessment is Drew Bergerson (History). He is available for consultations on Tuesdays from noon to 3pm in hour intervals. These sessions will be held in the FaCET office, Miller Nichols Library, Suite 225, unless other arrangements are made. To schedule a consultation, contact FaCET Research and Administrative Assistant, Katie Lynne Kenslow at klk7b9@umkc.edu or FaCET Director, Deborah Smith smithde@umkc.edu or at FaCET office ext. x5362.