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The purpose of student outcomes assessment at Iowa State University is to continually improve student learning. Information is gathered at the department, college, or university level to ascertain students' knowledge, understanding, and ability to use their knowledge at the end of their academic programs. Assessment results are used for program improvement.
The Faculty Senate approved policies and procedures in 1991 for student outcomes assessment. The North Central Association (NCA) approved Iowa State University's assessment plan in 1994. In 1996, an NCA accreditation team recognized the university's progress in implementing the assessment plan.
Most academic assessment activity takes place at the department level. In addition, university-wide surveys are conducted periodically.