Use of Student Learning Evidence

This component represents the extent to which evidence of student learning is used to identify areas where changes in policies and practices may lead to improvement, inform institutional decision-making, problem identification, planning, goal setting, faculty development, course revision, program review, and accountability or accreditation self-study. Transparent uses of student learning evidence are:

  • Targeted to a particular audience such as faculty, staff, administrators, students, families or governing board members
  • Inclusive of examples of documented use of assessment results and information and subsequent improvement
  • Focused on improvement of student performance and institutional processes through the use of evidence
  • Inclusive of next steps and impact of changes on student learning
  • Clearly stated in language that is understandable for specific and multiple audiences
  • Prominently posted or linked in multiple places across the website
  • Updated regularly to reflect current activities
  • Receptive to feedback on selected courses of action by having a person’s contact information or a form to send feedback

Institutional Examples