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Assessment Philosophy

National American University provides quality career and professional undergraduate and graduate programs and continuing education to students from diverse backgrounds; interests and abilities (please refer to the NAU mission statement). In order to achieve its mission, the university community recognizes the importance of:

  • Developing strategic and operational plans that are consistent with the stated mission, which promote quality academic and institutional support services and encourage excellent teaching and effective learning;
  • Designing new academic programs and support services after appropriate research and planning have been completed so that quality is "built in" to any design;
  • Identifying important indicators for academic programs and student services which can be used to measure student learning outcomes and the quality of services provided within and across university departments;
  • Measuring these important indicators in a systematic and continuous manner with peer group analysis of resultant data to determine whether areas for improvement in undergraduate and graduate student learning or related services are present;
  • Implementing recommended actions, when indicated, and continuing to measure these areas until improvement can be documented; and
  • Incorporating the findings from this improvement process into future strategic, budget and operational plans.

Consistent with this philosophy, every student at National American University shall participate in periodic assessment evaluations as a requirement for graduation in order for the university to measure and improve student learning outcomes and student services. A variety of academic and institutional assessment methods are used and may include examinations, competency checklists, portfolio assignments, survey participation, or other means of assessment.