Assessment in higher education involves measuring the educational effectiveness and quality of an institution’s academic portfolio. Assessment occurs are five major levels:
- Assessment of individual student learning in a course
- Assessment of an individual student learning across courses
- Course assessment
- Program learning outcome assessment
- Assessing institutional effectiveness in preparing students for post-graduate success
In collaboration with the five schools and the Faculty Senate Assessment Committee, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness supports faculty, staff, and administrators in their efforts to conduct assessments and use the results to improve student learning and ensure program quality.
Assessment occurs at various levels at Merrimack, including at the course level, program/major level, school level, and/or institutional level. Assessment at Merrimack provides a number of functions, including:
- coordinating and/or providing expertise for assessments and program evaluations
- measuring progress across departments/programs in achieving institutional and departmental goals
- helping establish unit-level investment plans
Merrimack’s Institutional Learning Outcomes
Merrimack College ‘s mission , which is inspired by the Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition, is to enlighten minds, engage hearts, and empower lives. This mission calls us to engage actively the passion and emotion of our hearts with the discipline provided by intellect and reason. Our shared purpose as a community is to cultivate the intellectual, ethical, spiritual, physical, and personal awareness needed to make wise choices for life, career, and service. We achieve these aspirations through a diverse and integrated curriculum that includes signature learning experiences , scaffolded opportunities for collaborative learning, experiential education, and self-awareness. These goals are manifested through four interconnected and rigorously supported institutional learning outcomes.
Merrimack College graduates are able to demonstrate:
Intellectual Capacity: An ability to acquire, critique, create, and share knowledge as a community of scholars through multiple methods of investigation and analysis , following the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.
Personal and Social Values: An ability to examine, articulate, and situate one’s own values and experiences in relation to a diversity of values and experiences across religious — including the Augustinian tradition — social, historical, cultural, and institutional contexts.
Civic-Mindedness and Service: An ability to apply and integrate knowledge to find solutions for social, civic and scientific problems in local, national, and global communities in the service of peace and justice for the common good.
Reflective Practice: An ability to engage in and evaluate applied experiences through guided reflection in the service of developing self-awareness and professional formation.