Assessment at American Public University System

At American Public University System (APUS), the mission of assessment is to ensure student learning through continual, systematic assessment. Assessment is a faculty-driven, continuous improvement process aimed at measuring and improving student learning. Assessment involves the collection and analysis of data to make inferences about student learning, teaching, curriculum, programs, and more. Faculty members are responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating their own assessment plans.

Assessment does involve making our expectations explicit and public; setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards; and using the resultant information to document, explain, and improve performance. Assessment helps us create a shared academic culture dedicated to assuring and improving the quality of higher education. Annual and long-range assessment plans foster communication among faculty and leadership to work together in determining common goals, planning and allocation of resources, and analyzing the results to improve student learning.

APUS is committed to regular evaluation of our effectiveness and the assessment of student learning as an integral component of the educational experience. To ensure that the needs of students and the community are met, the university conducts classroom-, program-, and institution-wide studies of student attitudes, achievement, and satisfaction. In addition, APUS regularly assesses it educational programming and services. Student learning experiences and support services play a crucial role in the effectiveness of student learning. Assessment related data are kept confidential for individual students and are released only in aggregate form. These systematic, institution-wide assessment practices at APUS ensure focus on the university’s mission, vision, and core values.

Please take time to navigate our assessment pages to see all the exciting initiatives that are happening, and results produced!  We also encourage you to explore through our APUS program pages to find the "View Program Outcome Assessment Results" link for your program of interest. Here you will find insight through data visualizations on the success of our academic programs.


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Dr. Michelle Wessel

Associate Dean, Curriculum & Assessment