Otis College of Art and Design is consistently engaged in evaluating student work on a systematic basis. This is key to assessing how well students are learning the content, competencies, and concepts of their disciplines and Liberal Arts and Sciences so that they can meet the Institutional and Programmatic Learning Outcomes for the College. Since assessment processes are systematic, we can collect information about our student learning levels when they arrive, map achievement during each semester, and evaluate what they have mastered at graduation. This assessment is important because it provides departments and the college with information for continuous improvement.
All academic departments have developed assessment plans and practices that identify critical student learning outcomes, summary analyses of student performance, evidence of student work, and plans for improvement for both short-term and long-term goals. Faculty have access to guidelines, templates and samples to help them in this process as well as ongoing assistance from their department chairs and the Associate Provost for Assessment and Accreditation.