I. Statement of Purpose
Every ten years the academic program of The School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University is re-evaluated by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), which gives us the opportunity to examine our programs with respect to how well they serve our students in the classroom. NEASC now expects schools to have formal educational assessment programs that monitor the academic progress of students in addition to the traditional use of grades (see the NEASC form attached to the end of this document). Our next evaluation will take place in 2013, which means we should have an assessment program in place by 2011 or 2012. In order to help steer us towards these goals, an ad hoc committee entitled, "Committee on Evaluation of Educational Outcomes in Arts and Sciences" was created to formulate a proposal for evaluating the academic experience of our undergraduates (please see Appendix 1 for the names of the committee members). Through many discussions and interviews we have come up with a model for the assessment of educational outcomes that augments the evaluation of students by grades and incorporates, among other ideas, a culminating educational experience for seniors. The proposed assessment plan should provide additional ways of recognizing and responding to curricular and pedagogical issues that arise and provide students with an even more meaningful, challenging and inspirational educational experience.
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