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Assessment Vision

The eight campus-wide learning outcomes for students include: Disciplinary and/or Professional Expertise, Creative and Critical Thinking, Communication, Diversity, Ethics and Social Responsibility, Internationalization, Engagement, and Sustainability.

Portland State University strives to provide its students with educational and developmental experiences that increase student satisfaction, persistence, and academic success.  The campus-wide learning outcomes communicate the University’s priorities to prospective students, help current students understand the guiding principles behind their educational experiences, and provide a framework for a comprehensive campus-wide assessment of student learning, development and satisfaction. Through the opportunities they encounter outside the classroom through Student Affairs and extra-curricular activities, and engaging with these outcomes in their broad-based general education experiences, and in-depth intellectual explorations within their majors, students will graduate from PSU prepared to contribute responsibly to society in the 21st century.

Enrollment Management and Student Affairs' development of a comprehensive approach to assessment includes consideration of learning outcomes, students' needs and inputs, campus environments, student motivation, student uses and satisfaction, and cost effectiveness (Schuh & Upcraft, 2001). This approach promotes a culture of evidence of student learning and development by conducting and using systematic research and assessment of programs and services. We are driven by our desire to provide the very best educational experiences and opportunities for our students, and to this end we are accountable for the quality of our programs and services. We support evidence-based decision-making within the Division. Evidence of our effectiveness comes from conducting research and assessment of programs and services in credible and valid ways. Moreover, we are transparent in our use of data and demonstrate responsibility in our reporting to stakeholders.