Assessment is a collaborative process. It is defined as an open process that encompasses the following principles:
- It is mission-focused, at both the institutional and programmatic levels.
- It is systematic, iterative, collaborative, documented, and adaptable.
- It applies multiple measures, both qualitative and quantitative, direct and indirect
- It Identifies strengths and areas that warrant improvement.
- It informs planning and decision-making for the purpose of ascertaining learning and development, thereby improving programs, services, functions, performance, and the overall value of the educational experience.
The QTA Committee is drawn from faculty, staff, and administration from:
- Academic Affairs
- Student Affairs
- Assessment, Research & Planning
- Administrative Units
The Committee, established in 2006, reports directly to the College President.
The Committee's Charges (Revised 2019)
- Organizing assessment components to demonstrate the full range of assessment activity within the institution
- Providing a locus of control and oversight to which and from which assessment activities are initiated, gathered, evaluated, reported, utilized, refined, and maintained
- Providing and facilitating professional development for the Assessment Academy
- Serving as the selection committee for President's Award for Outstanding Assessment
- Providing oversight for all Core Curriculum assessment processes and cycles
- Maintaining and assessing functionality of the QTA website and the Penn College Plan and Process
The chart above is a graphical representation of Penn College's institutional assessment process. As depicted, the process involves several levels of data gathering and analysis, as well as response and planning activities.