Student Learning Assessment
The UMD assessment mission is to continuously improve student learning by systematically communicating what students will learn, engaging in multiple forms of inquiry about what and how they learn, and making changes based on results.
The intention is to improve learning and answer these key questions:
What do we want our students to learn?
What does learning look like?
How do we know what our students have learned?
How do we respond to student learning data?
Goal number one in the UMD Strategic Plan is to promote integrated curricular, co-curricular, and living-learning undergraduate experiences that achieve UMD’s student learning goals and prepare students for lifelong learning, globally engaged citizenship, and success in their academic, personal, and professional lives. During their time at UMD, students will have experiences through their academic majors, student life activities and liberal education courses which will allow them to achieve the UMD student learning goals and outcomes.
Student Learning Goals
UMD promotes six major student learning goals at the undergraduate level:
Knowledge—Knowledge acquisition, construction, integration, and application
Social Responsibility—Community engagement and humanitarianism
Life Skills—Practical competence
The Council for Advancement of Student Learning (CASL) will advise programs and the Director of Student Learning Assessment regarding assessment practices on campus. "Assessment of student academic achievement is fundamental for all organizations that place student learning at the center of their educational endeavors." (The Handbook of Accreditation, Higher Learning Commission). A focus on student learning and the development of effective assessment systems will help faculty and staff move from a teaching paradigm to a learning paradigm, embracing the assessment culture as a way to show how well we accomplish our objectives.
UMD's commitment to assessment of student learning has led to campus participation in the Higher Learning Commission's Academy for Assessment of Student Learning.
If you have comments or questions about student learning assessment please contact Shannon Godsey, Director of Student Learning Assessment, at 218.726.8201