Relationship of Assessment to Institutional Goals
The purpose of academic assessment is to provide useful information about student
achievement as it relates to the institution's academic goals. These goals, detailed
in Southeast Missouri State University's Statement of Institutional Identity, include
That Southeast Missouri State University
- Aspires to create an intellectually challenging learning environment supported by
a commitment to excellence in teaching.
- Seeks to provide an outstanding 48 hour general education program (University Studies)
with nine major measurable objectives. Students must:
- Demonstrate the ability to locate and gather information.
- Demonstrate capabilities for critical thinking, reasoning, and analyzing.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills.
- Demonstrate an understanding of human experiences and the ability to relate them to
- Demonstrate an understanding of various cultures and their interrelationships.
- Demonstrate the ability to integrate the breadth and diversity of knowledge and experience.
- Demonstrate the ability to make informed, intelligent value decisions.
- Demonstrate the ability to make informed, sensitive aesthetic responses.
- Demonstrate the ability to function responsibly in one's natural, social, and political
- Provides quality undergraduate and graduate programs in business, education, liberal
arts, health and human services, the sciences and technologies.
- Commits to holistic integrated student learning and to the development of graduates
who respect diversity and understand the increasing globalization of society.
- Provides access for students who have successfully completed specified high school
courses (the core curriculum) and have demonstrated by nationally normed test scores
their ability to begin college level course work.
- Actively monitors and supports student progress toward educational and career goals
and success through student support programs, advising, co-curricular activities,
dynamic placement efforts, and a supportive campus learning environment.
As described in its Statement of Institutional Identity, the University "monitors
student progress and evaluates learning by a campus-wide assessment program in general
education, writing competency, and the major fields of study." Other areas of concern
include information about student development, enrollment and retention patterns,
and the general campus learning environment as it relates to student academic achievement.