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Purpose Statement For Academic Assessment At Lake Erie College

In support of the College’s mission to empower students to “lead lives of personal significance and professional success as global citizens,” academic program and co-curricular assessments serve to help us understand the efficacy of our learning environment and progress toward our program learning objectives. While the assessment of student learning can serve many functions at Lake Erie College, the below points are the primary areas of importance:

  • Curricular development

  • Guiding improvements and investments

  • Informing changes in pedagogical strategies

  • Highlighting program strengths

  • Ensuring alignment with the College’s mission.

 The six steps of assessment at LEC are as follows:

  • Program mission development

  • Development of learning objectives

  • Curriculum or activity mapping

  • Creating assessment methods

  • Data and information gathering

  • Action strategies for improvement

For more information, please see:  Brief Overview of Assessment at LEC 


Guided by our institutional mission and vision, the broad learning outcomes are intended to provide a framework for the collegiate experience at Lake Erie College and are attributes, skills, abilities, and attitudes that students are expected to develop and obtain during their learning experience.

As a result of a Lake Erie College education, students will:

  • Understand the value and processes of self-discovery

  • Engage in the development of strong personal attributes

  • Practice and apply creative problem-solving skills

  • Achieve a balance of personal and professional goals in relation to the needs of others to include the local and global communities

  • Analyze complex information and reach conclusions backed by credible and fact-based evidence

  • Apply quantitative methods to analyze, interpret, and solve problems from a wide array of practical and applied contexts

  • Communicate in a clear, inclusive, engaged, and well-reasoned manner

  • Critically reflect upon works of creative expression and create and think with innovation and imagination

  • Employ a cultural awareness to engage effectively in a variety of intercultural contexts

As a result of a Lake Erie College graduate education, students will:

  • Develop content mastery, independent thought in subjects of increased complexity, and critical understanding of research

  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, about theories, arguments, methods, and concepts related to the specific area of study

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the professional skills needed to participate in the intellectual and organizational aspects of chosen career field


Instructional assessment is conducted by the faculty and is guided by individual school planning, regional and discipline-specific accreditation standards, and Academic Affairs priorities (which are aligned with institutional priorities, as well as divisional priorities identified by Deans Council, Faculty Senate, and the varied Faculty Senate committees). The Coordinator for Academic Initiatives directs the over-arching assessment activities, provides tracking and reporting mechanisms, and identifies / offers assessment training and professional development opportunities based on recommendations from the deans, the Assessment Liaison Committee, and the Office of Academic Affairs. The dean of each school provides oversight of program level assessment activities in coordination with the Office of Academic Affairs. The Assessment Liaison Committee consists of at least one liaison from each of the schools and is charged with the following: dissemination of assessment planning updates (institutional or school), identification of assessment training needs, and working with the deans to coordinate the collection of annual program level assessment reports.


Cindy Schwartz – Director of Institutional Research and Assessment

Faria Huq – School of Business Assessment Coordinator

Rich West – School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Assessment Coordinator

Nichole Kathol – School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Assessment Coordinator

Katharine Delavan – School of Education and Professional Studies Assessment Coordinator

Mary Pardee – School of Equine Studies Assessment Coordinator


Program Level Assessment Plan

 Program Level Assessment Plan Review and Submission Timelines 

Curriculum Map Template

Program Level Assessment Plan Rubric 

Program Review Manual

Program Review Template

Program Review Timeline and Cycle

External Review Process for Academic Programs

Program Review Summative Rubric

External Reviewer and Nondisclosure Agreement


Academic Affairs Co-Curricular Assessment Cycle

Co-Curricular Assessment Template 


CORE Assessment Cycle (Proposal under review for pilot project implementation)


The Outstanding Assessment Award is intended to recognize an academic or co-curricular program for demonstrating a commitment to best practices in assessing student learning. Please submit your application to by March 1. Each application must include direct evidence, with supporting documentation (such as data sets, examples of student work, survey results, etc.) of meeting the standards as specified on the document found below.

Assessment Award Process and Rubric 


Common Resource:  While there are many outstanding resources, at present, Lake Erie College uses Assessment Clear and Simple:  A Practical Guide for Institutions, Departments, and General Education by Barbara E. Woolvard. Faculty and staff may send an email to to receive their free copy of the book. 

Assessment Professional Development Online Modules:  The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment has made available a series of online modules developed as a result of the grant-funded Learning Outcomes Resource Consortium. The modules may be found here: State Standards for TAG (Transfer Assurance Guide) - Ohio Dept. of Higher EducationLumina Degree Profile (Degree Level Standards) Benchmarking Peer Institutions based on IPED's reported Institutional and Enrollment profile: General and Aspirational   National Institute for Learning Outcomes and AssessmentPrinciples of good practice for assessing student learning  

Program Review Presentation: Slides for the most recent program review preparation workshops can be found here. More information and specific forms can be found on LEO. The below resources are available in the Lincoln Library in the Reserve Section. These materials will supplement training as provided by Taskstream, internal professional development opportunities, and other resources available to the Lake Erie College community. 

Banta, Trudy W. and Catherine A. Palomba.. Assessment Essentials:  Planning, Implementing, and Improving Assessment in Higher Education. 

Jossey-Bass, 2014.Bresciani, Marilee J. Ludvik. Outcomes-Based Academic and Co-Curricular Program Review. Stylus Publishing, 2006. 

Light, T. P., Chen H.L, & Ittelson J.C. Documenting Learning with ePortfolios:  A Guide for College Instructors. 

Jossey-Bass, 2011. Middaugh, Michael F. Planning and Assessment in Higher Education:  Demonstrating Institutional Effectiveness. 

Jossey-Bass, 2009.Walvoord, Barbara E. Assessment Clear and Simple:  A Practical Guide for Institutions, Departments and General Education. Jossey-Bass, 2010.