Philosophy of Assessment and the Assessment Program
Lincoln College is committed to assessment as a means to improve student academic achievement and institutional effectiveness. Assessment is both a technical and social process that increases in accuracy to the degree that multiple sources and methods of data collection are used, but data collection is useful only if data are transformed into information and information is communicated to those who need it for decision-making. Whenever feasible, assessment of programs responds to standards or benchmarks established by appropriate external organizations. However, in assessing Lincoln College programs, the unique features of this institution are always considered in the evaluation.
The mission of Lincoln College’s Assessment Program is to implement the philosophy of assessment across the institution. Academic assessments are designed by faculty and are linked to their course objectives, which are found in all course syllabi. All students may be required at times to participate in these assessment activities, including comprehensive assessment at the end of the sophomore and senior years. Comprehensive assessment is NOT an “exit exam.” Individual results are strictly confidential and do not affect graduation. Group results are used to identify those academic areas where improvements in student learning are possible. Campus services are also assessed because they contribute both to student learning and to the personal development so important at the institution.
Through assessment Lincoln College receives feedback from students and their families, faculty, coworkers, alumni, and others. The information that is generated by these assessments is provided to these same constituencies. The results are then used to target areas for improvement and to design strategies which will help Lincoln College to maintain its excellence and to continue to evolve in the future.