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The Commission recognizes that its dual responsibilities of quality assurance and quality improvement must be kept in balance. Nowhere is this dual role more in play than in the area commonly summarized by the term "student assessment." The Standards for Accreditation speak to assessment as a means of improving academic programs and services for students. The Standards also speak to the Commission's public responsibility to ensure an appropriate level of student success and to make the results of assessment known and used for improvement.
The following CIHE printed assessment materials may be helpful:
- Policy Statement on Student Achievement and Success (85)
- Focusing on Outcomes: Some Examples
- Statement on Student Achievement and Success DATA FORMS
- Measures of Student Achievement and Success
- Examples from Institutional Websites: Measures of Student Success
Other assessment materials that may prove useful include the following:
- Dual Credit in U.S. Higher Education, a Study of State Policy and Quality Assurance Practices
- Principles for Effective Assessment of Student Achievement, a statement endorsed by each of the regional accrediting commissions and the six DC presidential associations (AACC, AASCU, ACE, AAU, APLU, NAICU).
- Guide for Institutions and Evaluators
- Improving Institutional Practice
- Preparing Teams