Assessment: A Fundamental Responsibility

The colleges and universities listed on this site have jointly issued an important statement on assessment in higher education.  The statement  reaffirms the fundamental responsibility of colleges and universities to assess the effectiveness of their programs, looking not only at the content students learn but at the habits of mind they develop, and looking at longer-term impact as well as shorter-term achievement.


The statement is endorsed by nearly 100 public and private colleges and universities and includes examples of assessment activities at several institutions. It was prepared by a task force convened by the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE), an organization focused on quality in undergraduate education. Signatories include all COFHE members plus many other public and private institutions, ranging from small liberal arts colleges to large research universities.


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