Assessment and Accreditation are key to the health and effectiveness of any institution of higher education in the 21st Century. In the book Taking Ownership of Accreditation, Driscoll and Cordero de Noriega call Assessment and accreditation “partners for improvement”(2006, pg. 14)
Wesley College uses assessment at many levels to serve multiple purposes. Assessment is a tool to gather internal and/or external data to inform strategic planning with respect to fiscal and human resource allocation and program development. Assessment may also identify external opportunities and obstacles in planning for the future.
In the academic arena student learning assessment occurs at the level of the individual student, at the classroom level and program level. Using the results of student learning assessment facilitates constant improvement in processes and curriculum in order to enhance learning.
Institutional Research at Wesley serves all areas of the college by providing expertise in data gathering, research methodology and data analysis. The goal is to provide good quality, meaningful data to make informed decisions for planning purposes. Institutional Effectiveness at Wesley serves as the umbrella for the assessment processes in Academic Programs, Student Learning and Operational Support Units to the academic area.
According to the United States Department of Education, “The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Wesley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education.