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College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

Outcomes Assessment

One of DAA's functions is to promote student success and achievement through greater accountability for student learning, and support a cycle of outcomes assessment and continuous program and course improvement.

The assessment processes at the College of Southern Maryland:

  • Determine appropriate student learning outcomes
  • Implement means of program assessment
  • Collect and summarize data
  • Use results to improve student learning

Why Does the Middle States Commission Expect Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness to be Assessed?

The fundamental question asked in the accreditation process is, "Is the institution fulfilling its mission and achieving its goals?" This is precisely the question that assessment is designed to answer, making assessment essential to the accreditation process.

Assessment processes help to ensure that:

  • Institutional and program-level goals are clear to the public, students, faculty, and staff.
  • Institutional programs and resources are organized and coordinated to achieve institutional and program-level goals.
  • The institution is indeed achieving its mission and goals.
  • The institution is using assessment results to improve student learning and otherwise advance the institution.

How will this be done?

The College of Southern Maryland is committed to providing evidence of student learning through a transparency framework developed by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). More information about the transparency framework can be found at:


Outcomes Assessment Links