Assessment

The Office of Educational Assessment promotes improvement of educational practice at the University of Washington by supporting assessment of teaching and learning at the level of the classroom, academic program, college/school, and institution. We provide a variety of services, as listed below.

Assistance to departments in:

  • Articulating goals for student learning, both course-based goals and goals for majors (see Assessment in the Major)
  • Identifying and carrying out direct and indirect methods for assessing those goals, such as curricular maps, surveys for graduating seniors, focus groups of majors, interview studies, and portfolio assessment
  • Assessing experimental courses
  • Analyzing and reporting assessment results

Surveys about the student experience, including:

Course evaluations that:

  • Inform faculty members about student perceptions of their classes singly and over time
  • Provide chairs and deans with one- and five-year reports on student perceptions of teaching quality in their academic areas

University-wide studies that assess teaching and learning, such as: