Walden University is a member of the Academy for Assessment of Student Learning sponsored by our regional accreditor, The Higher Learning Commission.
Walden was one of 46 colleges and universities accepted into the academy its first year (2006–07). Institutions accepted into the academy agree to work with other participating institutions on a multiyear sequence of activities to share “best practices” and innovations in learning outcomes assessment.
Each institution in the academy selects, plans, and implements projects to:
Following an initial meeting with other institutions and Higher Learning Commission staff, Walden’s Assessment Academy Team began implementing a comprehensive student learning project aimed at broadening the impact of its existing outcomes assessment system. The three primary goals of the project included examining and revising current program learning outcomes, improving assessment measures, and strengthening continuous improvement processes that “close the loop” around learning outcomes assessment.
Accomplishments so far include:
As part of its role in the academy, Walden shares its work on learning outcomes assessment with other colleges and universities as well as assessment mentors Dr. Kelly Funk (Michigan State University), Dr. Jenell Bramlage (University of Northwestern Ohio), and Dr. Robert Mundhenk (Visiting Scholar, HLC).
The current Assessment Academy Team for Walden includes: