Frequently Asked Questions
What should students know about expectations for learning at an institution?
The Commission's standards in Characteristics of Excellence consider as one of the fundamental elements of student admissions (Standard 8) that the institution should make information on student learning outcomes available to prospective students. This practice should help "ensure that students have a reasonable opportunity for success in meeting their educational goals".
First, each institution is expected to define the student learning that is expected for each degree that is offered, and a coherent program of study should lead to the desired learning outcomes (Context, Standard 11: Educational Offerings). Second, students should be aware that the purpose for assessing student learning is to help them improve (Context, Standard 14: Assessment of Student Learning).
As noted in other Commission publications, including Student Learning Assessment: Options and Resources, students should realize from the beginning that they are expected to be partners with faculty and staff, mutually engaged in the learning process.
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