Assessment at Fort Lewis College
Student success is at the heart of all assessment activities at Fort Lewis College. Our academic and co-curricular programs have the potential to transform students' lives, The Assessment Coordinator works with all academic and student affairs departments and programs to improve students' experiences both in and out of the classroom. We use a variety of assessment methods to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to support our students' pursuits of their goals in higher education and beyond.
Assessment at Fort Lewis College strives to provide an environment supportive of faculty, staff, and administrators in the development and utilization of assessment techniques. Additionally, we provide ongoing support for accreditation and accountability, and state and federal compliance requirements.
Fort Lewis College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1958. Since 1965, federal financial aid (e.g., Pell grants) is provided only to students attending accredited institutions. The Higher Education Act of 1998 placed a great deal of emphasis on outcomes assessment as a pre-condition of Title IV funding (e.g. federal student financial aid). In 2003, the Higher Learning Commission adopted a newly revised position statement on the assessment of student learning to reaffirm and strengthen its position that it is an essential component of every organization's effort to evaluate overall organizational effectiveness. According to HLC, "effective assessment is best understood as a strategy for understanding, confirming, and improving student learning."
Faculty and staff can access Assessment Plans, Reports of Student Learning from Academic Assessment, Student Affairs Assessment, and General Education Assessment in TaskStream. Fort Lewis College's TaskStream is the repository of documents essential to the fulfillment of Fort Lewis College's Mission and Core Values. This website, maintained by Assessment personnel, is a good faith effort to accurately present the assessment plans of Fort Lewis College in a way that is useful for the faculty and staff.
Balance and Well-Being is the ability to achieve balance between educational, recreational, professional, interpersonal, and/or spiritual pursuits to become well-rounded individuals.
Communication is the imparting or exchanging of information that demonstrates a thorough understanding of audience, purpose, genre, and context that are responsive to the situation.
Critical Thinking is the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue to form a judgment.
Intercultural Competence is an appreciation and awareness of differences and similarities among cultures as well as the ability to navigate cultural and social systems without prejudice.
Problem Solving is the process of working through details of a problem to reach a solution. Problem solving may include mathematical, analytical, or systematic operations, and may be a gauge of an individual's critical thinking skills.
Professionalism is the consistent demonstration of core values by an individual aspiring to and applying principles of altruism, ethics, respect, and accountability.
Research & Information Literacy is being able to recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate, use, and communicate information effectively in various formats.
Any questions or comments can be directed to:
Ayla Moore, Assessment Specialist