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21 Montana State University–Bozeman One of the stated goals of Montana State University–Bozeman is to provide quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs. Toward this end, the university has established a program of student outcomes assessment with the goal of improving student learning and performance. . [Furthermore, the university sees assessment as] an ongoing collaborative effort by faculty and administrators. In conjunction with guidelines published by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, faculty have established learning objectives for all undergraduate degree programs and developed departmental 22 Assessment Plans, Reports, and Guides in Institutions of Higher Education plans for evaluating the extent to which students are achieving the stated objectives.

Invite outside examiners from business, industry, and the professions to provide feedback on students’ presentations or projects. Assign a research/creative project to be evaluated by several faculty members. 13 Use “real-world” assignments such as case studies, in-basket exercises, recitals, and exhibits to evaluate whether students can integrate knowledge and skills developed throughout their progress in the major. Analyze performance on licensure and qualifying examinations for professional or graduate school.

Accessed 26 Oct. 2000. 1 Based on the requirements of the regional accrediting body and on standards and reports by ACRL, staff of the Mildred F. Sawyer Library at Suffolk University in Boston (hereafter referred to as the Sawyer Library) decided to create a student learning assessment plan. They reviewed information from articles and reports from other libraries and higher education institutions to identify and determine a process by which they would write the first formal assessment plan for the library.

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