Expected Outcomes of the Self Study

Because assessment is an ongoing process and should lead to continuous improvement, the self-study is expected to help the University to develop a deeper understanding of the current methods of assessment and the degree to which those methods are supporting improvements. The University expects to further its understanding of the ways in which campuses, schools, and units have integrated assessment into their planning and how the assessment of student learning is driving curricular change. The self study can help to determine the degree to which an assessment mind-set and assessment practices have taken hold at Pitt, reflecting a cultural shift over time toward stronger accountability and a platform for communicating and raising awarenessof accomplishments to the University community. The University anticipates that analyses, deliberations, and final recommendations from the self study will provide a foundation for subsequent groups to address existing challenges and to implement any changes that will foster continuous improvement.