Assessment 101

Assessment is any effort to gather, analyze, and interpret evidence that describes institutional, departmental, divisional, or agency effectiveness (Upcraft & Schuh, 1996).

Assessment vs. Research

While many of the processes in assessment and research may be similar, there are two important distinctions:

  • Assessment guides good practice and typically has implications for only one institution.
  • Research guides theory, tests concepts, and has broader implications for higher education (Erwin, 1991).

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