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Assessing Student Learning

Jefferson is committed to providing excellent and innovative educational opportunities for all students. In order to maintain this quality and assure that students are learning all that they should, the University takes its responsibility for assessment seriously. The assessment of student learning occurs at all levels of the curriculum and is a central aspect of measuring institutional effectiveness. Learning outcomes are stated in the syllabus for each course and program, and student learning is assessed on a continuous basis at the course and program levels to ensure the continuous improvement of the curricula, programs and teaching, in order to increase student attainment. Students may be required to provide faculty with representative examples or copies of their work at various points in their curriculum in order for faculty to evaluate achievement of programmatic learning outcomes.

All curricula at the Jefferson-East Falls combine theory and application, and offer integrative and active learning experiences for students. Assessment helps faculty understand how well students are achieving these outcomes, and reflects the commitment to the importance of learning through active engagement. Assessment also helps to ensure that the University’s programs meet the institutional learning outcomes and fulfill the University’s mission to provide students with a distinct balance of liberal and professional education.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

All Jefferson graduates will:

  1. Possess a breadth and depth of professional skills informed by the liberal arts and sciences.
  2. Apply multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches as a means of succeeding in dynamic, complex career environments.
  3. Integrate theory and practice to inform research and guide creative decisions in their professional fields.
  4. Interpret and value diversity in both local and global communities.
  5. Be prepared to be ethically responsible citizens in the personal, professional and civic spheres.
  6. Be prepared to bring innovation to their fields and anticipate future directions in their professions by adapting to social, environmental and economic change.
Graduate students meet these outcomes, but demonstrate learning at a higher level.