students27_800Assessment is the intentional, systematic, and ongoing method of gathering, analyzing and using information from various sources about an academic degree program, administrative department, or academic or student support division in order to improve student learning, the student learning environment, or the processes that support the student learning environment through carefully designed changes to the program or department.

The University of Alabama engages all of its academic programs and non-instructional units in this assessment process.   While academic programs focus on measuring student learning outcomes, non-instructional units generally focus on measuring outcomes that are important to the mission or function of the unit.




A step-by-step guide to writing assessment plans, collecting and analyzing data, and making improvements.


UA’s process of assessment reporting and review explained.