Assessment at the University of Detroit Mercy

Assessment is an on-going process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves making our expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards; and using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve performance.

The Assessment Team is the primary oversight body for the student outcomes assessment programs of the University. The Assessment Team reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and is comprised of

  • one representative from each of the colleges/schools;
  • one representative from the library;
  • one faculty member from the McNichols Faculty Assembly;
  • two administrative representatives; and
  • the Director for Assessment (ex officio member of the Team).

The Assessment Team is responsible for

  • developing a mechanism for sharing best practices around the University regarding assessment,
  • reviewing the assessment methodologies being used by each school and identifying those schools in which assessment activities require improvement,
  • providing ongoing reports to and consultation with the Academic Vice President and Provost, and
  • keeping the University community informed of team activities.