What is Assessment?

Assessment of student learning at OSU Institute of Technology is an essential part of the continuous process of enhancing and improving curricular and co-curricular student learning.

It is driven by the College’s mission and vision statements. Suskie (2009) defines assessment, utilized by OSUIT in a four-step assessment and summer revision process, as ". . . the ongoing process of: Establishing clear, measurable expected outcomes of student learning; Ensuring that students have sufficient opportunities to achieve those outcomes; Systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well student learning matches our expectations; [and] Using the resulting information to understand and improve student learning" (p. 4). Assessment is one way that schools and programs affirm their strengths and plan improvements that contribute to the College’s overall effectiveness.


CORE OUTCOMES represent a common foundation required of each OSUIT graduate regardless of program or degree.


Core Outcomes

  • Outcome #1: Communication - Effectively communicate electronically, verbally, and in writing.
  • Outcome #2: Critical Thinking - Demonstrate logical, systematic critical thinking techniques.
  • Outcome #3: Ethics and Diversity - Develop and display a sense of personal, social, and professional ethics, as well as appreciation of and encouragement for diversity.
  • Outcome #4: History and Government - Explain the cultural heritage and primary elements of history and government of the U.S. and its people, including diversity, especially as these rudiments impact one’s industry or field of study.
  • Outcome #5: Technology - Access and use technology appropriate to one’s industry or field of study.
  • Outcome #6: Service Learning - Effectively utilize learned technologies and processes to aid various constituencies in the community.

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