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Norfolk State University has the responsibility (a) to assess student learning outcomes to determine the quality of its curriculum and educational process in equipping students with the capability to become critical thinkers, life-long resolute learners, and productive citizens; (b) to assess the quality of the learning environment to ensure improved student retention and graduation rates; and (c) to assess support services that enhance student learning and satisfaction in order to increase organizational efficiency and improve institutional performance across all areas.

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The primary purpose of the assessment program at NSU is to inform continuous improvement of programs and services. The assessment process also serves to meet accreditation standards, state accountability mandates, and other external requirements. In addition, by stimulating pedagogical and operational experimentation, assessment expands the foundation of knowledge underlying effective learning, teaching, and service. In this way, effective assessment practice creates an institutional culture of inquiry – a culture of proactive and intentional engagement of university stakeholders in the collaborative processes of individual and organizational evidence-based learning, innovation, and continuous improvement.

The University has developed a three-pronged comprehensive institutional effectiveness process that includes the following major components:

- Core Learning Areas Assessment,
- Program Assessment, and
- University Assessment.