St. Cloud State University is committed to assessment at all levels. In February, 2022, the Office of Assessment and Accreditation (OAA) joined the Academic Affairs division of the University. This has provided an opportunity for the OAA to review its operations and integrate more fully with the work of Academic Affairs. After thoughtful discussion, the Office of Assessment & Accreditation team recommended, and the Provost agreed, to suspend the ASC through AY23.
A university-level assessment committee meets regularly during the school year. It is composed of college and unit assessment directors, an administrator from Institutional Effectiveness, a liaison from the Liberal Education Committee, the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and a representative of Undergraduate Studies.
"The mission of the SCSU Assessment Steering Committee is to improve student learning through facilitating, monitoring, and improving the assessment of programs across the University."
Convener of Committee
Faculty Fellow for Assessment, Convener of Committee
Herberger School of Business Dean's Representative
College of Education and Learning Design Dean's Representative
College of Health and Wellness Professions Dean's Representative
School of Public Affairs Dean's Representative
Director of Online and Distance Education
Division of Student Affairs
Liberal Education Committee
College of Liberal Arts FA Representative
College of Liberal Arts FA Representative
School of Public Affairs FA Representative
School of the Arts FA Representative
College of Science and Engineering FA Representative
School of Computer, Engineering and the Environment FA Representative
College of Health and Wellness Professions FA Representative
University Library FA Representative
College of Education and Learning Design FA Representative
Student Government Association
Assessment is the systematic, ongoing collection, analysis and interpretation of evidence of student learning in order to improve that learning. Assessment occurs on many levels, such as the individual or student level, the course level, the program level, and the institutional level. Student learning includes the knowledge, skills, attitudes and personal development attained through curricular, co-curricular and out-of-class experiences.
The SCSU Assessment Steering Committee is a university-wide committee that makes recommendations to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for evaluating and improving student learning across the University through designing, implementing and monitoring a comprehensive assessment program at St. Cloud State University. Its responsibilities are to:
A quorum shall consist of 50 percent of current membership plus one. In the absence of a quorum, at the discretion of the co-chairs, a straw poll may be conducted of members present and recorded. Following the meeting, the co-chairs may poll the members not in attendance to elicit an affirmative, negative or abstention response.
The term of elected members is three (3) years
The UAD will serve on each subcommittee. Other members of the ASC will be assigned (by mutual agreement and area of primary responsibilities) to one subcommittee as follows. Each subcommittee will elect a chair.
The ASC shall meet bi-weekly or as needed, September through May, as determined by the co-chairs. Ad hoc subcommittees of the ASC may be formed to address specific issues or projects at the direction of the ASC co-chairs and by approval of the ASC.
St. Cloud State University is committed to assessment at all levels. Assessment data is used to understand, achieve, and improve student learning outcomes in support of SCSU’s commitment to continuous improvement. Additionally, assessment activities at SCSU should meet criteria and core components defined by the Higher Learning Commission.
The annual university assessment report is completed and submitted to the Vice President of Planning and Engagement on the first duty-day of the Spring semester.
The report contains three main topics:
Assessment Steering Committee agendas, minutes and other documents, are available on our internal SharePoint site. Login using your starID and password.