Institutional assessment at Valley City State University begins with and is guided by the Mission:
Valley City State University is a public, regional university offering exceptional programs in an active, learner-centered community that promotes meaningful scholarship, ethical service, and the skilled use of technology. As an important knowledge resource, the University offers programs and outreach that enrich the quality of life in North Dakota and beyond. Through flexible, accessible, and innovative baccalaureate and master's programs, VCSU prepares students to succeed as educators, leaders, and engaged citizens in an increasingly complex and diverse society. (VCSU Mission, 9/2013)
This mission along with corresponding vision, values, purposes, and goals inspire all assessment activity. Student learning assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning'; rooted in a learner centered philosophy. This plays a critical role in determining and responding effectively to student needs (AAHE Bulletin, 11/95).
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 principles of good practice for assessing student learning:
(AAHE Bulletin, 09/10)
Responsibility for assessing and improving student learning at VCSU is shared by the classroom teacher, the General Education Council, major programs, Curriculum Committee, the Faculty Senate, Assessment Committee, and the students. This booklet describes the various assessment activities.