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Plan: Mission Statement

It is important to consider the institutional, school, and department mission statements in the assessment planning process. There are several reasons for this:

  1. The institutional mission is the foundation upon which everything we do should be based. College mission statements, and in turn departmental mission statements, should flow from and directly support the overall institutional mission. It should not be difficult to “connect the dots” and see the relationships among an institution and the academic and non-academic units that compose it.
  2. Accreditors will evaluate how well an institution executes its mission through its academic programs and other endeavors.
  3. Because it can be easy to forget the importance of institutional, school, and department missions in all that we do, assessment planning time provides an excellent opportunity to call our attention back to these statements of who we are and what we are about. This may prompt some faculty to review school or department mission statements and consider whether it is time to update them. That, in turn, may prompt fresh thinking about curriculum planning or other activities. Although this is not the primary purpose of assessment planning, it is one example of the unexpected benefits that some faculty report as a result of this process.
  4. Assessment outcomes must be directly related to the department mission (and, by extension, those of the school and institution). You will be asked to evaluate these relationships as we prepare to develop outcomes.

The ASU assessment team does not evaluate the quality of the mission statements prepared by our academic or non-academic units. We collect this information only to help our faculty to focus on the issues outlined above. 

ASU Charter

ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.

Assessment Handbook

To assist units in the assessment planning process, we created a handbook: Program Assessment Handbook.  Please refer to this handbook as you create your assessment plans and reports. To access this handbook, please authenticate using your ASURITE.

Assessment Portal

The following link will open the UOEEE Assessment Portal where all assessment plan development and reporting activities take place.