Assessment is critical piece in higher education to monitor student learning and program outcomes to ensure institutional effectiveness (Suskie, 2009). Results from rigorous assessment across FHSU support commitment to student academic excellence and student success that align with University strategic plans. Despite the benefits, implementation of assessment has its challenges. Studies suggest institution wide assessment is most effective when assessment culture shows a balanced mix of bottom-up (e.g., through department and program level) and topdown (e.g., institutional expectations) elements (EAU, 2006; Skedsmo & Huber, 2019). FHSU has put much effort to develop a culture of assessment and has noticed a positive trend in programs and department engagement in program learning outcome assessment in recent years (see Table 1).
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