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The primary purpose of assessment is to improve student learning. At Eastern Illinois University, assessment occurs on two levels:

  • At the university-wide level, where it focuses on the abilities, attitudes and behaviors that the sum of students' experiences at EIU have imparted and/or reinforced.
  • At the department level, where such learning continues, complemented by content knowledge in a discipline.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs established the University Committee for the Assessment of Student Learning (CASL) to develop and oversee university-wide policies and plans on the assessment of student learning. CASL developed a program to assess four learning goals of the general education program:

  1. EIU graduates will demonstrate the ability to write effectively.
  2. EIU graduates will demonstrate the ability to speak effectively.
  3. EIU graduates will demonstrate the ability to think critically.
  4. EIU graduates will demonstrate the ability to function as responsible global citizens.

Click here for the full text of the Plan for the Assessment of Student Learning.

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