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What is Assessment? 

Assessment is the continuous process of collecting, evaluating, and using information to determine how well learning expectations are being met. The purpose of this process is to use these results, positive or negative, to stimulate meaningful dialogue about how instruction and curriculum may be modified to effectively engage students in the learning process and sustain institutional effectiveness (i.e., the college's ability to meet it's mission and values). 

The Outcomes Assessment Loop

The outcomes assessment process at LBCC has been designed as a continuous loop of self-reflection and assessment in order to bring about meaningful change to student learning and services. The outcomes assessment process enables each department to evaluate its current and future goals and needs, as well as enables each program to plan strategies to serve its students and clients. Continuous improvement builds on existing efforts to improve student performance and optimize client experiences. Thus, it is imperative to continue dialogue and revise outcomes assessment efforts as necessary to ensure that student and client needs are being met.

Assessment Loop

Accreditation Standard

The primary purpose of an ACCJC (Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges) accredited institution is to foster learning in students. An effective institution ensures that its resources and processes support student learning, continuously assesses that learning, and pursues institutional excellence and improvement. An effective institution maintains an ongoing, self-reflective dialogue about its quality and improvement. 

ACCJC Standards 2014