Assessment of Student Learning

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is committed to having strong programs. Assessment of student learning is a critical part of our strategy to maintain and improve programs at the college.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment of student learning is a comprehensive program to evaluate student learning with respect to learning goals, with the ultimate aim of improving student learning and strengthening learning programs. The process of assessment is relatively simple. It is a three-step process that involves:

  • determining goals for student learning for each program
  • assessing how and what students are learning within their programs
  • implementing changes in programs in light of the assessment results

A program is a cohesive course of study that usually leads to an academic award, such as a degree, diploma, or certificate. Anoka-Ramsey Community College has many types of degree and non-degree programs with unique and overlapping goals for student learning. Programs include degrees that are designed to prepare students for transfer to four year institutions such as the Associate in Arts degree (AA) and the Associate in Fine Arts degree. Other programs are designed to prepare students for entry into the work force such as occupational certificates and the Associate in Applied Science degree. The Associate in Science degree is designed to meet both options.

A successful assessment program requires the participation of all who are interested in the quality of our educational programs, including students, faculty, college administrators, and members of the public.