Learning in Service of Justice

A Brandeis education combines core skills, knowledge and social justice.

Inspired by our namesake, Justice Louis Brandeis, we seek to produce graduates who have a desire to inquire and learn throughout their lives and who will endeavor to advance justice in the world.

Informing the work of education

Why do we assess student learning?

Universities owe it to their students to judge how effectively instruction transmits the content of learning, and many types of assessment are routinely used.  Quizzes, examinations, theses, and achievments realized later in life, may all be used to measure and judge success.  To the extent that success is not fully achieved, remedies can be considered and creative new teaching and learning strategies can be implemented.  Periodic evaluation of our collective results is a defense against complacency, a source of improvement, and a stimulus to creativity.

The faculty learns from surveys, focus groups, and direct feedback about the success of its efforts.  The administration supports the faculty by providing the human and material resources and support for receiving and processing the assessment information and implementing changes that it may suggest.

Reporting what our students learn is vital to our external audiences. Graduate schools, employers, parents, accrediting bodies, government agencies and others need to know the extent and nature of Brandeis students' learning. Reporting on how much and how well our students learn makes the university accountable, and the process of education dynamic.

Ultimately, assessment may lead to comprehensive program or curriculum change. Results of assessment inform the work of education itself.  The first steps for any assessment initiative are to articulate what the learning goals are for students in a given course and major.  The University Learning Goals are the foundation for these more specific assessment efforts at Brandeis.