17. Do I have to use the results of assessment for the purpose of improvement?

In any given year, it may not be necessary or appropriate to launch a program improvement initiative based on assessment results. Still, NCA Evaluators have consistently faulted assessment programs on the grounds that the results of assessment are not being used to improve curriculum and instruction. The UARC hopes to see a significant increase in the number of departments using assessment for improvement, and if there are any efforts to improve departmental programs connected with assessment they should be reported. Reports of efforts to improve programs are telling indicators of a vital, ongoing assessment program. If your assessment program is not giving you useful information for program improvement, then this information (that the information is not useful) should be used to improve your assessment program. By a curious twist of logic, useless information thereby becomes useful.