Assessment at Lane is a joint effort. It is faculty-driven and involves collaboration among academic and student affairs departments; the office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning (IRAP); the Assessment Team (A-Team); and Administration.
Institutional Assessments of Effectiveness
Lane has a long history of monitoring institutional benchmarks, including proxy learning measures such as alumni employment rates or transfer credit upon leaving Lane.
In the past few years, though, institutional assessments have grown to include Lane's progress toward achieving the state's legislated education goal (pdf) of "40-40-20." By 2024, this ambitious goal calls for:
- 40% of the citizens of Oregon to have baccalaureate degrees
- 40% to have associate's degrees
- 20% to have high school diplomas
Assessing Progress toward Lane's Institutional Goals
- Strategic Direction - A Liberal Education Approach for Student Learning
- Strategic Direction - Optimal Student Preparation, Progression and Completion
Achieving the Dream - A national initiative to use data about students' progress toward degrees to improve policies, curriculum, and student success
- Lane's ATD work
Degree Qualifications Profile - A framework describing what students should be expected to know and be able to do once they earn degrees at any level, regardless of a student's field of specialization
Foundations of Excellence - a comprehensive, self-study and improvement process for students' first year at college
- Lane's FoE work
- Faculty/Staff Survey Findings
- New Student and Transfer-Bound Student Survey Findings
Learning Commons - Research and assessment efforts to help design a highly functional learning commons tailored to the needs of Lane students
TRiO and TRiO STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) - Federally funded programs with services provided free to students who are first-generation, low income and/or have disabilities; programs help students meet the varied challenges of college life, stay in school and successfully graduate and/or transfer to a four-year institution.