The Office of Assessment & Program Review operates in conjunction with the Office of Academic Affairs.
The mission of the Office of Assessment and Program Review at Marshall University
is to support best practices in assessment of student learning at the course, program,
and institutional levels, resulting in continuous improvement in teaching and learning.
To this end, the Office will endeavor to:
- Promote a culture of assessment throughout the campus
- Conduct a multifaceted assessment program
- Promote faculty participation in assessment at all levels
- Define and assess value-added learning
- Use both local and national measures
- Use assessment results for continuous improvement and accountability
To achieve this mission, we are primarily focused on the following issues:
Assessment of Student Learning
Marshall University has an ongoing assessment program that is firmly rooted in the
University’s mission. The assessment initiative grew from both faculty and administration
concern for institutional quality and accountability. The assessment process provides
the institution, colleges, and programs with information regarding institutional
All segments of the University community—faculty, staff, administration and students—are
actively involved in this process. Of central importance in the process is the assessment
of student learning in the major and in general education, directed by the University
Assessment Committee and the Director of Academic Assessment.
According to the WV Higher Education Policy Commission Series 10 Policy Regarding
Program Review, “Each institutional governing board has the responsibility to review
at least every five years all programs offered at the institution(s) of higher education
under its jurisdiction and in the review to address the viability, adequacy, necessity,
and consistency with mission of the programs to the institutional master plan, the
institutional compact, and the education and workforce needs of the responsibility
district. Additionally, each governing board as part of the review is to require
the institution(s) under its jurisdiction to conduct periodic studies of graduates
and their employers to determine placement practices and the effectiveness of the
education experience”. The Office of Assessment and Program Review is responsible
for coordinating this process.