Assessing student learning is already an important aspect of teaching at Sierra College. We formally and informally gauge the success of individuals in our classes and services and regularly consider how students have learned concepts and skills large and small. As educators, we strive to continually strengthen our teaching in order to improve student learning.
However, until recently, Sierra College did not have a formal institutional assessment plan in place. In response to the 2002 ACCJC accreditation requirements, we are now taking on a new level of responsibility in developing and implementing formal assessment in our teaching and our students’ learning. Faculty will lead and control this process. We are making changes toward keeping better track of what we assess and using those assessment results to inform revisions to our courses and programs.