Assessment at Canisius

Assessment at Canisius College is designed to improve student learning which is done by examining evidence of learning at the classroom, program (major), and institutional levels. Determining what it is that students know, are able to do, and value is the basis for continuous improvement.

At the class room level, assessment is an activity that begins with individual faculty members. The process of gathering evidence of student learning informs instructors about how well their students are learning. Classroom-level assessments (Angelo and Cross, 1993) help the instructor make choices about improving student learning.

At the program (or major) level, assessment is a collective activity in which faculty members, in consultation with one another:

  • establish clear, measurable expected goals and objectives of student learning in the program;
  • ensure that students have sufficient opportunities to achieve those learning goals and objectives;
  • systematically gather, analyze, and interpret evidence to determine how well student learning meets the faculty members' expectations;
  • make decision about curriculum, instructional pedagogy, or the expected goals and objectives based on the analyzed information.

Finally, Canisius College uses assessment of student learning as the assurance that our students are developing knowledge, skills, and values in six areas:

  1. Academic Excellence
  2. Communication
  3. Integrity and Civility
  4. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  5. Community Involvement and Leadership
  6. Catholic Jesuit Intellectual Tradition