What is Assessment of Student Learning?
Assessment is a continuous process that focuses on the student for the purpose of understanding and improving student learning. It begins with an assessment of entry level skills and ends with successful employment or transfer to another institution of higher education.
A good assessment plan begins with educational values that support the mission of NDSCS and illustrate what we want our students to learn in clear, explicitly stated purposes. Assessment occurs on multiple levels, course, program, and institutional and involves everyone on campus in an integrated and multi-dimensional approach that supports student learning and development. It involves systematically gathering, analyzing and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches our expectations and standards. That information is used to document, explain, and improve performance through changes in pedagogy, curriculum student services, academic advising, instructional services, etc. Assessment information is integrated into planning and budgeting processes in a continuous cycle of improvement. Through assessment, NDSCS meets its responsibilities of providing transparent information to students and the public it serves.
Entry Level Assessment
Students must present ACT scores if under the age of 25 (NDUS Board Policy) in order to be placed in college level courses. Students over the age of 25 who have not completed general education requirements will take the COMPASS test in reading, writing, and mathematics for appropriate course placement. The entire course placement policy and guidelines can be found here. Students who intend to take the COMPASS test may wish to review sample test questions in preparation for taking the test. These illustrate the types of questions students will encounter in the test. Please click on this link: www.act.org/compass/sample.
The goal of general education at the North Dakota State College of Science is to assist students in meeting the needs for employment, lifelong learning, and personal growth. To meet this goal, students are provided with a variety of credit and non-credit educational experiences, both within and outside the classroom. General education is defined as a set of educational experiences that forms a core of common knowledge, skills, and attitudes fundamental to all curriculums of substantial length (24 credits or more).
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