Academic Assessment

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What is Academic Assessment?

A dictionary definition of assessment is "The act of judging or deciding the amount, value, quality, or importance of something, or the judgment or decision that is made" (Cambridge Dictionary).

In the context of higher education, academic assessment typically refers to a process of gathering and analyzing data about student learning and program performance in order to inform future curriculum, pedagogy, and institutional policies. 

At SUNY Old Westbury, academic assessment typically refers to assessment of academic programs, such as the Liberal Education (General Education) program and degree programs. The goal of this type of assessment is to evaluate academic programs (not individual courses) vis-a-vis their respective student learning goals.