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Teaching and Learning

Assessment Handbook


In support of the university’s mission and vision, South Dakota State University has a strong history of conducting meaningful academic and co-curricular assessment. Each academic program and co-curricular unit is expected to actively participate in assessment activity in order to ensure high quality programs and student experiences. The intent of this handbook is to provide faculty, staff and administration with a resource to understand expectations related to assessment practices. 

University Mission 

South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. 

University Vision 

South Dakota State University will be a premier land-grant university recognized for high value, innovation and bold impact. 

Assessment Philosophy Statement 

SDSU values the assessment and evaluation of its educational programs and services demonstrating SDSU’s commitment to academic excellence, quality programs and experiences. Assessment is foundational to effective teaching, instructional design and student learning. When done well over time, assessment processes lead to improvement in student achievement and high quality academic and co-curricular programs.