Adam Selhorst, PhD
The College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University is committed to providing a rich education that develops each student's ability to think critically and master subject matter knowledge. Every reading, assignment, and activity is carefully aligned to ensure that students meet these expectations. In order to guarantee that our programs, courses, and assignments lead to the achievement of goals, the academic team within the College of Liberal Arts engages in ongoing and systematic assessment of its curriculum, instruction, and student learning. These three components align to specifically designed goals (outcomes) that exemplify best practices in the field for every learning experience.
Using multiple appropriate assessments, the academic team is provided with continuous updates on programmatic success. However, the assessment results do more than just inform the academic team of progress, they also drive future curricular decisions. Failure to achieve set goals results in a thorough examination of data. Root causes are identified and analyzed by subject matter experts and improvement plans are developed to ensure future successes. Through thoughtful conversations, revisions, and professional development, completed by faculty, quality assurance team members, and assessment analysts, curriculum is enhanced to maximize student learning. Through this continuous cycle of goal-setting, instruction, assessment, and evaluation, the College of Liberal Arts maintains a culture committed to the success of its students.