Assessment
Assessment is the systematic collection, review, and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and development.

Direct Measure of Learning Outcome
Students demonstrate an expected learning outcome.

Educational Objectives
The knowledge, skills, abilities, capacities, attitudes or dispositions students are expected to acquire as a result of completing your academic program. Objectives are sometimes treated as synonymous with outcomes, though outcomes are usually more detailed, behavioral in nature, and stated in precise operational terms (see Learning Outcomes).

Evaluation
The use of assessment findings (evidence/data) to judge program effectiveness; used as a basis for making decisions about program changes or improvement.

Formative Assessment
Assessment designed to give feedback to improve what is being assessed.

Goals
The general aims or purposes of a program and its curriculum. Effective goals are broadly stated, meaningful, achievable and assessable. Goals provide a framework for determining the more specific educational objectives of a program, and should be consistent with program and institutional mission.

Indirect Measure of Learning Outcome
Students or others report their perception of how well a given learning outcome has been achieved.

Learning Outcomes
Operational statements describing specific student behaviors that evidence the acquisition of desired knowledge, skills, abilities, capacities, attitudes or dispositions. Learning outcomes can be usefully thought of as behavioral criteria for determining whether students are achieving the educational objectives of a program, and, ultimately, whether overall program goals are being successfully met. Outcomes are sometimes treated as synonymous with objectives, though objectives are usually more general statements of what students are expected to achieve in an academic program (see Educational Objectives).

Summative Assessment
Assessment designed to provide an evaluative summary.

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