Assessment Process

NWIC is creating assessment processes that…

  • are participatory
  • are formative (ongoing)
  • are culturally appropriate
  • recognize and legitimize Indigenous knowledge and skills
  • contribute to tribal self-determination and knowledge
  • start with interested and supportive faculty and staff
  • are faculty-driven (with assistance from the assessment coordinator)
  • are streamlined and simplified so that instructors’ and staff’s time may be used effectively
  • include employees from appropriate segments of the college
  • include students in their design
  • result in a respectful and reciprocal relationship between the assessment coordinator and all staff
  • build cohesion, collaboration, relationships, and trust among staff through a consultative process
  • are conducted in a responsible and ethical manner
  • are useful, relevant, and meaningful to the tribal college community
  • educate administration, staff and faculty to improve their assessment skills
  • report results internally in an ongoing way so that the information can be used to improve student success and learning (i.e., through meetings, reports, a website, email)
  • initiate meaningful conversations
  • create a shared vision for the future of the tribal college, based on common values
  • redirect resources towards priorities outlined in the mission and goals
  • increase the college’s responsiveness to the needs of the tribal community
  • improve the instructional capacity of the college as well as its public image
  • provide the basis for college planning and budgeting decisions
  • demonstrate accountability, the responsible use of limited resources, to the public