/ Office of the Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning

Assessment

The Assessment Committee coordinates Hope College's tools to measure and evaluate student learning and teaching effectiveness.

Hope College's top priority is ensuring that each student receives effective teaching. We want every Hope graduate to think with clarity, communicate effectively, and lead a life of leadership and service in our global society.

Institution-Level Academic Assessment

NSSE: National Survey of Student Engagement
Administration
  • Annual, spring semester
  • First-year students and seniors
  • Nationally normed data
  • Carnegie comparison
  • Self-report data
  • Four-year module plan
  • Odd years:
    • Learning with Technology
    • Experiences with Diverse Perspectives
  • Even years:
    • Academic Advising
    • Experiences with Writing
Focus
  • High-impact practices:
    • Learning communities
    • Service learning
    • Research with faculty
    • Internships
    • Study abroad
    • Culminating experiences
  • Learning engagement indicators
    • Higher-order learning
    • Reflective and integrative learning
    • Learning strategies
    • Quantitative reasoning
    • Collaborative learning
    • Discussions with diverse others
    • Student-faculty interactions
    • Effective teaching practices
    • Quality of interactions
    • Supportive environment
  • Modules:
    • Learning with Technology
    • Experiences with Diverse Perspectives
    • Academic Advising
    • Experience with Writing
Results
  • President
  • Provost
  • Deans
  • Department chairs
  • Assessment website

View NSSE results 

HEDS: Higher Education Data Sharing
Administration
  • Four-year plan:
    • Spring 2014: First-year and seniors
    • Fall 2014: First-year
    • Spring 2015: First-year and seniors
    • Fall 2015: None
    • Spring 2016: First-years and seniors
    • Fall 2016: None
    • Spring 2017: Seniors
  • Nationally normed data
  • Some self-report, some proficiency tests
  • Longitudinal and cohort comparisons (beginning of first year vs. end of first year; first-year vs. seniors)
Focus
  • Literacy and research
  • Information skills
Results
  • Library director
  • First Year Studies director
  • General Education director
  • Assessment website
  • Provost
  • Deans
Online Learning Assessment
Administration
  • Spring 2013 and odd years thereafter
  • Self-report
Focus
  • Teaching strategies and learning outcomes in online courses
  • Comparison of online and traditional course learning
Results
  • Academic Computing Committee
  • Provost
  • Deans
  • Assessment website
SALT: Student Assessment of Learning and Technology
Administration
  • Every semester, every course (with the exception of low enrollment [<5] or experential course such as an internship)
Focus
  • General Education learning outcomes
  • Teaching effectiveness
  • Add-on questions (by department, area of General Education or instructor)
Results
  • Individual instructors
  • Department aggregate data sent to department chairs upon request

Find more SALT information 

GPI: Global Perspectives Inventory
Administration
  • Spring 2013
  • Spring 2014
  • Nationally normed data
  • Self-report

* Also can buy a study abroad assessment
* Possibly integrated with NSSE in the future

Focus
  • Cognition (knowing, knowledge)
  • Intrapersonal (identity, affect)
  • Interpersonal (social responsibility, social interaction)
Results
  • Provost
  • Deans
  • International education
  • Center for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Selected departments and academic programs
  • Assessment website
E-portfolios
Assessment
  • Pilot 2014–2015
  • Three courses
Focus
  • Direct assessment of learning outcomes
  • Could serve as department- or program-level assessment as well as institutional-level assessment
  • Could serve as integrative learning function as well as assessment
  • Could serve as General Education assessment
Results
  • Assessment committee

More surveys and reports 

2017-2018 Assessment Committee

  • Milly Hudgins, Frost Center director
  • John Jobson, Student Development representative
  • Scott Travis, Development & Alumni Engagement representative
  • Daina Robins, Arts Division representative
  • Andrew Le, Arts Division representative
  • Daniel Woolsey, Humanities Division representative
  • Donna Garrett, Natural Sciences Division representative
  • Justin Shorb, Natural Sciences Division representative
  • Carrie Bredow, Social Sciences Division representative
  • Marcus Fila, Social Sciences Division representative