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OPRA is often involved in the college’s assessment efforts because of its familiarity with quantitative analyses and with available institutional information resources. In fact, OPRA provides access to essential information to evaluate, assess, and improve mission fulfillment; instructional and student learning support programs; administrative programs and services; and teaching and learning methods and strategies.

For information about the college’s assessment of mission fulfillment, please see the college’s annual performance reports.

At Edmonds College, assessment is conducted at various levels, allowing the college to evaluate the quality of its educational programs and administrative functions and to use the assessment results to continually improve. These assessments are included in the college’s integrated planning process, known as the SIMPLE Plan, which is the operational planning tool for divisions of the college.

Assessment of Teaching and Learning

The college has been tracking the results of projects that assess the effectiveness of teaching and learning since the mid-1990's. More formally, the college has defined both direct and indirect assessment aspects for all points in a student’s educational pathway.

This “entry to exit assessment” includes:

Closing the Assessment Loop

Edmonds College views assessment as an ongoing, iterative process, where assessment results are used to modify programs, as necessary, and to promote continuous quality improvement of the services the college offers to students. This work is documented in program reviews, which are completed by academic programs and instructional support program/services.

As required by the college’s accrediting body (the NWCCU), these program reviews regularly and systematically evaluate student achievement of all program-level learning outcomes (PLOs).

Assessment Support

Assessment at Edmonds College is supported by data and information that is generated by the college’s Office of Planning, Research, and Assessment (or OPRA).

For more information regarding the research and information that OPRA provides, please visit the OPRA Research site.