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The term “assessment” may be defined in multiple ways by different individuals or institutions. ESU’s Guide to Program and Departmental Assessment Handbook developed by the Program Assessment Workgroup of the University Assessment Committee states:

“An assessment system is typically defined as the process of collecting, synthesizing, and interpreting information to aid in educational decision making – and assessment is an umbrella term for the comprehensive process of measurement and evaluation. Within an educational system, assessment should be viewed as a systematic collection and analysis of information for the main purpose of improving student learning and performance.

Although many individuals in higher education focus primarily on assessments related to student knowledge and performance, assessment is also critical to evaluating and improving such areas as the learning and living environment, student engagement, student retention, and any area that supports the university mission, goals, and operations.”

This webpage is designed to be the first stop for ESU faculty, staff and students for resources and information related to assessment. It is a work in progress and will be shaped by institutional needs and feedback from users.