In 2006, the evaluation team of our accrediting body, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), reported that "Brandeis does not have a systematic, broad-based and integrated approach to assessment of student learning."
As a first step to address this issue, the Provost's Advisory Committee on Assessment of Student Learning was formed in spring 2007.
Consisting of faculty, student life and academic staff, the advisory committee agreed to take a holistic and integrated approach to student learning, in and out of the classroom, and that assessment of student learning should be reflective, tailored to departments and units, and evolve over time.
Since mid-2008, the advisory committee has researched learning goals at other institutions and created draft goals for Brandeis. In fall 2008, these draft goals were reviewed by many diverse groups on campus: Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Committee for the Support of Teaching, department chairs, University Advisory Committee, admissions, academic services, athletics, student life, registrar, financial services, Roosevelt Fellows and Hiatt advisors, deans of the Graduate Professional Schools, senior administration and joint subcommittees of the Board of Trustees.
In spring 2009, the committee compiled the feedback and finalized learning goals for a Brandeis education, undergraduate and graduate.
The advisory committee encourages members of the campus community to spend some time thinking about how their teaching, learning and support contribute to these goals.