AssessmentEast Gate of Campus: Enter to Learn - Assessment

Assessment of the total student learning experience at Lake Superior State University encompasses the aspects of both academics and operational support.

  •  Academic assessment is an ongoing, open, evaluative process focused on improving student learning.  It requires the University to make its learning expectations clear to students and to establish appropriate learning outcomes at the course, program and university levels.  It helps determine how well student performance matches the expected outcomes.  The resulting information is used to inform changes in courses and programs for the improvement of student learning.
  • Operational support assessment is an ongoing, open, evaluative process focused on improving university culture and services.  It requires the University to make its service and cultural expectations clear to its stakeholders, and to establish appropriate outcomes at each level of operation.  It helps determine how well performance matches the expected outcomes.  The resulting information is used to inform changes at the unit and university levels for the improvement of the student learning experience

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Lake Superior State University’s Institutional Learning Outcomes

The Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) at LSSU describe the knowledge, abilities, and attitudes that our graduates are expected to have acquired while attending LSSU.  The following faculty developed ILOs help guide University departments in constructing student learning outcomes for programs, courses, and student services:

Formal Communication

Students will develop and clearly express complex ideas in written and oral presentations.

Use of Evidence

Students will identify the need for, gather, and accurately process the appropriate type, quality, and quantity of evidence to answer a complex question or solve a complex problem.

Analysis and Synthesis

Students will organize and synthesize evidence, ideas, or works of imagination to answer an open-ended question, draw a conclusion, achieve a goal, or create a substantial work of art.

Professional Responsibility

Students will demonstrate the ability to apply professional ethics and intercultural competence when answering a question, solving a problem, or achieving a goal.

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Institutional Learning Outcomes

Assessment Matters

The University demonstrated its student-learning focus through its voluntary participation in the HLC Academy for Assessment of Student Learning. Through this the university has elevated our focus on course and program assessment activities through a four-year sequence of events and interactions that are focused on student learning, targeted at accelerating and advancing efforts to assess and improve student learning, and designed to build institution-wide commitment to assessment of student learning. The University entered the Academy in the summer of 2012, ending in the summer 2016.

  • LSSU Academy Project Website