Areas of Study


Assessment at Gallaudet is being developed as a critical inquiry into student learning (Maki, 2004). The Gallaudet University community recognizes the need to adopt an assessment process that advances evidence-based decisions about teaching, learning, bilingualism, diversity, campus life, academic support and administrative services. Fostered by intellectual curiosity and a concern for student academic growth and personal development, the assessment process at Gallaudet University aspires to continuously reflect on student achievement of learning outcomes and institutional effectiveness and use assessment data to increase student learning. Institutional Effectiveness and Certification leads university efforts in the use of the assessment process as a mechanism for creating lifelong learners. Assessment serves all who serve Gallaudet students in this multicultural, bilingual academic environment. It provides the conceptual framework for assessment, monitors assessment processes, and guides the University in the use of data to maintain a culture of academic rigor and excellence.


  • Promote a culture of critical inquiry and evidence-based decision making.
  • Engage students, faculty, staff and administrators in conversations about learning inside and outside the classroom.
  • Provide leadership and coordination in assessment.
  • Ensure excellence in academic instruction, student academic support, student development and student services.
  • Coordinate the collection, analysis, sharing and use of assessment data.
  • Produce evidence of student learning outcomes necessary for accrediting agencies.
  • Monitor equity in access to the curriculum for all Gallaudet students.
  • Bring best practices and methods of assessment to the Gallaudet community.
  • Offer professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.

Program Assessment Report (Beginning AY 2018-2019)

  • Beginning for some programs in 2017-2018, and for all programs 2018-2019.
  • Combines the LAU and SA into one report
  • Completed annually on Watermark platform.
  • Due first Friday in June.

Learning Assessment Update (LAU)

  • In effect 2006-2018. Transition from LAU to Program Assessment Report began with a pilot group in 2017-2018.
  • Will cease for all programs 2018-2019
  • Due First Friday in June

Senior Assessment (SA)

  • In effect 2015-2017.
  • Ceased AY 2016-2017 because Senior Assessments are now a part of Learning Assessment Update. Will be incorporated into Program Assessment Report beginning 2018.

Unit Effectiveness Planning (UEP)

  • Due annually in the fall to Dean(s) with a copy to OAQ.
  • In effect since 2011.

Senior Literacy Assessment (SLA)

  • In effect 2009-2015 when Senior Assessment began.
  • Program collected final written English and ASL products from their graduating seniors in fall and spring and submit products in spring.
Note: All relevant assessment reports are available in the Blackboard under “Program Assessment Outcomes Information”. If you have any questions about assessment, check our Assessment FAQs.

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