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Assessment is the process by which academic institutions evaluate student progress in learning and success in achieving educational goals. Assessment of courses, programs, and University activities, involve among other things, a measure of student outcomes. Achievement may be assessed directly by measuring the changes, progress and/or gains that occur with students or indirectly, by using other indicators such as employment, employers' satisfaction and the percent of students who continue their education in graduate or professional programs.

The purpose of assessment is to assist in improving learning, teaching and academic advising at the individual, course, program and institutional levels. Assessment should be on-going, consistently applied, and based on teaching and learning goals and objectives.  Each academic department/division/school or program should utilize information from assessment to analyze and improve the effectiveness of its academic programs in such areas as curriculum, academic advisement, faculty development and student services. Data from outcomes assessment will not be used for cross-program rankings or comparisons of individual faculty.

For more information on Assessment at Cal State LA, explore the links to the left or contact the Office of Graduate Studies.

Dr. Jessica Dennis, Interim Director of Assessment

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  • Dr. Dennis has been a professor at Cal State LA since 2005, where she was also a post-doctoral researcher and adjunct faculty from 2003 to 2005. Her research focuses on development in emerging adulthood with an emphasis on cross-cultural issues in family and peer relationships and the ways in which these relationships impact academic and psychosocial outcomes. Currently, she serves as the Interim Director of Assessment and serves on various assessment-related committees, including the Educational Effectiveness and Assessment Council, the Faculty Learning Community for College Assessment Coordinators, and the WSCUC Steering Committee.