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Continuous Improvement Through Assessment

Boston College is deeply committed to providing the highest quality educational experience to all of its students in all of its programs. To assure that all programs maintain a clear focus on the learning of their students, each department and interdisciplinary program has developed a plan to monitor the actual learning of its students and to consider changes in curriculum, courses, or assignments that would improve that learning.

This process is called ASSESSMENT and requires all programs to:

  1. be clear and specific about the learning goals it sets for its students,
  2. develop measures to determine the degree to which each of its goals is being met,
  3. have a standard process for assessing the learning outcomes for students and recommending appropriate adjustments in the program.

On these pages we have collected Continuous Improvement processes for the University CORE Curriculum* and Arts and Sciences academic programs in hopes that this will help all programs consider innovations and ideas from kindred fields and share "best practices" among disciplines. To facilitate comparisons, programs are arranged by area. Summary Tables are provided by division with more detailed descriptions (E-1-A forms) provided for each program by department.

Available E-1-A forms are linked below. Departments without a link have forms that are forthcoming.

Humanities

Program Summaries

Art History*
Classics*
Communication*
English*
German Studies*
History*
Linguistics*
Philosophy*
Romance Languages and Literatures*
Russian*
Slavic Studies*
Theology*

Interdisciplinary Studies

Program Summaries

Biochemistry
Freshman Writing
Honors Program*
International Studies*
Islamic Civilization and Societies
Perspectives*
PULSE

Natural Sciences

Program Summaries

Biology*
Chemistry*
Computer Science*
Earth and Environmental Sciences*
Geological Sciences*
Mathematics*
Physics*

Performing Arts

Program Summaries

Film Studies*
Music*
Studio Art*
Theater*

Social Sciences

Program Summaries

Economics*
Political Science*
Psychology*
Sociology*

*Please note: These files are Adobe Acrobat® (PDF) formatted files. To view them you will need the free Adobe Acrobat file reader.