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What is Assessment?

Assessment is a program required by the Commonwealth of Virginia and most other states, as well as regional accrediting bodies, to evaluate the effectiveness of educational programs and support services at all colleges and universities. In Virginia, each college or university may design its own assessment program, although each is required to assess the general education program, each major program, and achievement among alumni. At Old Dominion University, we survey all entering freshmen, graduating seniors and graduate students to evaluate the learning that has occurred, along with students' satisfaction with our programs. We also survey alumni up to 3 years after graduation. Assessment does NOT evaluate individual students, faculty, or classes. In order to respect the dignity of all individuals, responses will be kept strictly confidential, and only group data will be reported.



Assessment Cycle

Assessment Timeline



Higher Education