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Assessment of Student Learning

The Barnard College mission states:

Barnard College aims to provide the highest quality liberal arts education to promising and high-achieving young women, offering the unparalleled advantages of an outstanding residential college in partnership with a major research university.

To meet this commitment, the faculty have a long history of reflecting upon student learning to improve their programs of study. Accordingly, the Provost asks academic departments and programs to make explicit their plans to assess student learning. The major components of effective assessment of student learning are:

  • clearly articulated expectations for student learning - the knowledge, skills, and competencies students are expected to acquire;
  • regular examination by the faculty of meaningful evidence to evaluate student learning against these expectations; and
  • use of assessment results to improve student learning by modifying, if necessary, curriculum, pedagogy, and/or expected student learning outcomes.

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment offers guidance and support for assessment of student learning, with an emphasis on building capacity for useful and effective assessment throughout the College. 

A small collection of resources (both philosophical and practical in nature) is provided on the Assessment Resources web page.

The Director of Institutional Research and Assessment is available for consultation with faculty on all phases of assessment.