Welcome to Valley City State University's Academic Research & Assessment Website. With questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Kerry Gregoryk, Director for Academic Assessment and Institutional Research,
at (701) 845-7480.
Mission Statement: Academic Research and Assessment Office provides resources, guidance, and information for the planning and implementation of student outcomes assessment, academic program review, learning outcomes assessment, and other procedures that support academic program improvement, student learning, and accreditation. Resources for faculty and staff to conduct basic and applied research in support of their academic pursuits as well as grant writing assistance and information pertaining to grant opportunities are also provided.
Assessment of student learning, "an ongoing process aimed at
understanding and improving student learning," plays a critical role in helping us to determine and respond effectively to student needs (AAHE
Over the past decade, understandings of academic assessment at Valley City State University have developed from an initially broad, unclear discussion to a specific, focused use of Abilities to shape curriculum and define outcome measures. In developing its assessment process, VCSU is guided by the AAHE explanation that assessment involves:
This Office provides the following: