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Assessment at Clarendon College

The Office of Institutional Planning, Research & Effectiveness in cooperation with the Institutional Research Committee oversees the assessment processes at Clarendon College and provides guidance and support to departments and programs in the development of their individual assessment plans. The services provided include offering professional development opportunities to faculty and staff on assessment techniques, methods and evaluation as well as providing assistance in the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data for assessment. The following links provide more information on Clarendon College's Principles of Assessment, its Core Assessment Plan, sample core assessment rubrics and templates, and Association of American Colleges & Universities VALUE rubrics. 

Clarendon College

Principles of Assessment


  1. Assessment is the process of:

    1. identifying and defining core, program or department objectives and measurable outcomes (Student Learning Outcomes) that are tied to Clarendon College’s mission statement;

    2. developing assessment tools and instruments to measure the attainment of those outcomes including the establishing assessment criteria for each;

    3. administering the assessment instruments and gathering the results;

    4. analyzing the gathered results to determine the level of attainment for each outcome;

    5. using the results to improve student learning, student success, and the services offered by Clarendon College by utilizing them to aid decision making, develop strategies, and direct planning efforts

  2. Assessment is not for identifying the success or failure of a program or department but rather focuses on achieving continuous improvement in educational and administrative programs and educational support services. 

  3. Assessment results are used to evaluate the institution as a whole and individual departments and programs, and should not be used in the evaluation of faculty, administrative, or classified staff but rather to evaluate and improve the institution.

  4. Assessment is an ongoing and collaborative process that involves Clarendon College administration, department or program directors and coordinators, faculty, staff, and if appropriate students.

  5. Whenever possible, data used for assessment should come from existing assignments, surveys, or other performance measures that are already being used instead of developing additional tools or instruments specially created for outcomes assessment.

  6. Each department or program will evaluate their assessment process each year and make changes or revisions to the process as needed.

  7. The Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Effectiveness and the Institutional Effectiveness committee will evaluate the assessment process as a whole each year and will provide recommendations for changes or revisions as appropriate.

Assessment Resources                                                                          Forms & Templates

Core & Program Assessment Plan & Guidelines                                         Department/Unit Assessment Plan

Department/Unit Assessment Guidelines                                                     Core & Program Coarse Assessment Plan

Goals for Student Achievement Evaluation Criteria                                  Annual Department/Unit Assessment Template

Rubric Guides for Core Assessment:                                                                Annual Program Assessment Form

     Communication Skills                                                                                      Annual Core Assessment Forms:

     Critical Thinking Skills                                                                                             Component Area 1: Communication

     Empirical & Quantitative Skills (Math)                                                               Component Area 2: Language & Culture

     Empirical & Quantitative Skills (Non-Math)                                                     Component Area 3: Creative Arts

     Personal Responsibility Skills                                                                               Component Area 4: Mathematics

     Social Responsibility Skills                                                                                    Component Area 5: Sciences

     Teamwork Responsibility Skills                                                                           Component Area 6: American History

                                                                                                                                               Component Area 7: Government

                                                                                                                                              Component Area 8: Social & Behavioral Science

                                                                                                                                              Component Area 9: Institutional Option 1

                                                                                                                                              Component Area 9: Institutional Option 2

                                                                                                                                              Component Area 9: Institutional Option 3