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"The purpose of assessment is to improve, inform, and support programs and services.  The assessment of student learning and services is essential to university effectiveness, General Education, and program goals.  This assessment is fundamental to achieving the Strategic Plan goals and fulfilling the mission of the University."
(Huba and Freed, 2000)

The CPBC, charged with contributing to institutional accreditation oversight, appointed a sub-group to create a campus wide assessment plan that would focus on the assessment of student learning outcomes. Comprised of faculty and administrators, this group has created a plan that encompasses academic departments, academic affairs department, student affairs departments as well as programs such as PLACE, Jan term, and the First-Year experience