The Study of Student Learning
Assessment -- or the study of student learning -- has three main purposes at KU: first, to collect data about our students that leads to action in promoting student success; second, to enhance the value of KU degrees to students, alumni, and the state; and third, to respond to the requirements of the Kansas Board of Regents and of the Higher Learning Commission. The process of assessment allows us to tell our stories: how are KU, our departments, and our faculty and support staff creating engaging and unique learning experiences for our students? Through assessment, we respond to new challenges and rise to new opportunities by creatively drawing on evidence and experience.
Assessment at KU is the responsibility of Academic Affairs and is overseen by the Office of the Provost. Two faculty bodies -- the University Core Curriculum Committee and the University Academic Assessment Committee -- provide valuable faculty perspective into assessment processes and practice. The Center for Teaching Excellence offers logistical support, informational workshops, and technical assistance related to student learning and faculty teaching.