Norfolk State University has the responsibility (a) to assess student learning outcomes
to determine the quality of its curriculum and educational processes in equipping students
with the capability to become productive citizens; (b) to assess the quality of the learning
environment to ensure improved retention and graduation rates; and (c) to assess
support services that enhance student learning and satisfaction in order to increase
organizational efficiency and improve performance across all areas.
Purpose of Assessment at NSU
•Assessment provides data that informs planning and decision-making and the
improvement of programs and services;
•Assessment process serves to meet accreditation, state accountability and other
•Assessment expands the foundation of knowledge underlying effective learning,
teaching and service; and
•Assessment empowers faculty, students, and staff
In these ways, effective assessment practice creates an institutional culture of
evidence - an environment characterized by an ability and willingness of academic
programs and educational support and administrative units to use information, collected
through the assessment process, to enhance the quality of the university experience at NSU.
Given these purposes, the University Assessment Advisory Committee and the office
of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment have developed a three-pronged
comprehensive institutional effectiveness process. The process includes (1) Academic Program Assessment, (2) Core Competency Assessment, and (3) University-Wide Assessment.