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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 Goals

All Jefferson graduates will:

  • Apply broad and deep professional knowledge and skills
  • Synthesize disciplinary and Liberal Art / Humanities understanding to formulate transdisciplinary approaches
  • Communicate effectively
  • Interpret, respect, and value local, global, and conceptual diversity
  • Act ethically in personal, professional, and civic spheres
  • Integrate theory and practice to guide research, scholarship, and creative endeavors
  • Integrate technology appropriately into professional practice
Graduate students meet these outcomes, but demonstrate learning at a higher level.