Our Assessment Philosophy

At Mountwest, we prioritize student success. To continually improve curriculum and instruction, we regularly assess learning outcomes at the course and program level. In addition, we collect data from General Education portfolios and co-curricular learning experiences. Faculty, staff, and administration are committed to using data in order to better our institution and our graduates.


Assessment is a process of gathering and analyzing information about student learning and development to improve educational practices. It involves setting clear and measurable learning outcomes or goals, collecting data about students’ performance, and using that data to make informed decisions about teaching and learning. Assessment can take many forms, including exams, papers, projects, presentations, observations, and surveys. The information collected through assessment can be used to evaluate individual student progress, as well as the effectiveness of courses, programs, and institutions. The ultimate goal of assessment is to ensure that students are achieving their intended learning outcomes and that educators are continuously improving their practices to meet the evolving needs of their students.

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