Learning Outcomes and Assessment

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is committed to sustaining, improving, and monitoring the effectiveness of our academic programs, guided by a comprehensive assessment plan focused on student learning outcomes. Department chairs assisted by individual faculty liaisons inaugurated the effort in 2013-14 by revising undergraduate department mission statements and learning objectives, which are now available on-line.

Each department developed an assessment plan with an emphasis on incorporating the findings to make evidence-based curricular decisions. Every year, departments and academic programs complete mid-year and year-end reports highlighting their use of assessment findings to enhance and improve their curricula. In the 2014-2015 academic year, this process expanded to include all graduate programs.

In addition, the Core Curriculum Committee is implementing a two-phase assessment plan for the core curriculum. A highlight of its work is an interdisciplinary e-portfolio for the Foundation courses, a five-course sequence that all undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences complete early in their Villanova career.

Our College Assessment Committee was re-established in January, 2014. This group advises and assists Dr. Seth Matthew Fishman, Director of Curriculum and Academic Outcomes, in the conduct of ongoing assessments of the outcomes of our various programs. The committee supports the College's overall assessment initiatives, communicates the value of these activities to the faculty of the College, and reviews initial drafts of College assessment reports for our Middle States Accreditation and other outlets as needed. 

For more information, contact Dr. Seth Matthew Fishman, Director of Curriculum and Academic Outcomes.