Westminster is accredited every 10 years by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College's accreditation was reaffirmed on June 23, 2011.
Principles of Assessment
- The purpose of assessing student learning is to improve student learning, not merely to satisfy our accrediting bodies.
- The results of assessment should be used to improve student learning rather than to restrict academic freedom or to evaluate faculty and staff performance.
- Assessment must be clearly linked to Westminster’s mission and outcome statements, which include departmental missions and outcome statements, and the College’s liberal arts heritage.
- The results of assessment will be used to improve institutional effectiveness through strategic budgeting and curricular planning processes.
- Assessment is an ongoing, routine function—not a one-time event or an end-point in the College’s assessment cycle of Plan, Do, Check, Act.
- Effective assessment requires shared responsibility and generous participation from all college constituents.
- The results of assessment should be shared with college constituents and the community.
- Trustees, the President, Cabinet, and others who lead the College must support assessment activities.
- Assessment activities must be supported with appropriate financial and human resources.
- Effective assessment relies on varied methods and measures, including quantitative and qualitative measures and direct and indirect evidence.
- Effective assessment is reasonable, cost-efficient, and appropriate for Westminster and its departments.
- Assessment activities themselves require routine assessment.