Black Hills State University introduced the Learning Enhancement Assessment Process (LEAP) to lay the foundation for using an integrated assessment process to document how data is used to improve student learning. LEAP develops the infrastructure that recognizes the shift in Higher Learning Commission accreditation standards from the focus on “institutional inputs” to “learning outcomes.” As importantly, this change in the purpose of assessment responds to the need for continuous documentation of how assessment results are used to improve student learning. This process then provides evidence of data-driven decision-making at the departmental and institutional levels.
To support this paradigm shift from “collecting data to write reports for external reasons” to “using data to improve student learning,” each department is asked to conduct a self study that reviews previous assessment data and related departmental decisions made to enhance instruction, curriculum, and/or learning support services. To introduce the integrated assessment program review process, the new University Assessment Process Template is divided into four components:
Please use the Learning Enhancement Assessment Process website to access related references and resources. In addition, completed LEAP reports will be posted to the website.
Dr. Pamela Carriveau
Associate Professor, Political Science/Sociology