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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Office of Academic Assessment

Brenau University has a long history of a continuously evolving culture of assessment.  The Assessment Office was created in 1989, initially to coordinate the assessment of our General Education Program.  Subsequently, the focus was expanded to include all of the college’s degree programs, at all teaching locations and including online programming when that was initiated.  Administrative units of the university also participate in our university-wide planning, assessment, data analysis and reporting process.  The ultimate goal is to use the results of the planning and assessment process to pursue continuous quality improvement in academic programs and student learning, to guide the budgeting process, and to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of all university operations.

Tracking of assessment at Brenau moved from Word document template completion in the 90’s to a system developed in-house called RubricsCube that allowed online planning and reporting during the decade of the 2000’s.  In 2011 Brenau contracted with Campus Labs and adopted their Compliance Assist planning module which we currently use to track our strategic planning, unit assessment, and reporting.


Mission of the Office of Academic Assessment
The Assessment Office is dedicated to supporting Brenau University’s commitment to educational excellence. It is our mission, with input from all units of the university, to assist the institution in demonstrating the quality and effectiveness of its programs and services in support of the institutional mission, by means of a broad based and institutionally supported system of evaluation, documentation and use of results for improvement.  

Mission of Brenau University
Brenau University challenges students to live extraordinary lives of personal and professional fulfillment. As students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees or non-degree programs at Brenau campuses and online, each prepares for a lifetime of intellectual accomplishment and appreciation of artistic expression through a curriculum enriched by the liberal arts, scientific inquiry and global awareness.

On this website you can learn more about the Assessment Office, including information on our annual Women’s College Assessment Day, the University Assessment Week, and a timetable for periodic standardized testing. Our online assessment reporting system called Compliance Assist is described and instructions for completing annual assessment planning and reporting are included. Archived Assessment Plans and Reports for every division of the university are compiled. There are also rubrics for evaluating areas of the Liberal Education program and a number of other resources provided. As they become available, we will post survey- or other institution-wide assessment results.


What is Assessment



Assessment is an ongoing 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.

~Tom Angelo, AAHE Assessment Forum


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