Assessment is a process for determining how effectively we are acheiving our goals, whether in teaching or working. The goal of assessment is to improve what we are doing.

Types of Assessment

  • Classroom Assessments – of students
  • Student Learning Outcomes – of courses
  • Program Learning Outcomes – of degrees and certificates
  • General Education (Gen Ed) – of the general education
  • Process Outcomes – of offices
  • Other Assessments

Philosophy of Assessment

The Windward Community College’s Philosophy of Assessment is inspired by the core values of the institution’s Mission.

Na’auao (learning): Assessment allows us to better understand our institution, our students, and our effectiveness.

Ho`okuma (access): Assessment practices, evaluations, and conclusions are clear and public, allowing input from all constituencies within the college.

Laulima (collaboration): Whenever possible, the entire institution is involved in all stages of the assessment process.

Hō‘ihi (respect): Assessment promotes the ethical use of data by ensuring confidentiality, promoting respectful feedback, and ensuring the proper use of all results.  Assessment exists to continuously improve the institution without evaluating the individual performance of campus stakeholders.

Mea hou (innovation): Assessment supports effective innovation by providing evidence to evaluate procedures, pedagogies, and policies.

Mālama ‘āina (sustainability): All aspects of assessment, including the assessment process itself, will sustain the college’s ongoing activities, and the results of assessments will be part of the college’s record.

Assessment Glossary

To get an idea of what goes into assessment and the terminology used in the process, check out our assessment glossary.