Saint Michael's College has undertaken a comprehensive assessment program, convinced that institutional effectiveness occurs when we implement suitable and fitting measures to delineate our success and point to areas needing greater attention. While much of our focus converges on learning outcomes in the academic arena, we also take a wider view and explore other facets of student learning with an objective of providing the best possible educational environment.

Each academic unit of the college, the individual departments, the programs, and the administrative offices, is committed to studying how it now does its work, and to reflecting on how that work could be done better. We begin the assessment process each year prior to the arrival of our newly enrolled students. At the most basic level, we establish cohorts for these students which allow us to assess academic and student life outcomes during the college years and after graduation.

There are also a number of College Wide surveys and questionnaires that are used to gather data on specific questions or issues that are of interest to the overall education of our students.

This Assessment Web Site

In general, all the information on this site is open to each one of our constituents, because we strive to be as transparent as possible in sharing the results of our assessment efforts. In a few instances we provide information for internal use only, mainly because of the confidential nature of the material. We hope that you find this site helpful, and welcome your comments.

Finally, we are indebted to the New England Association for Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Davis Foundation who encouraged and supported us in developing our Institutional Assessment Portfolio.