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Assessment Guiding Philosophy

South Dakota State University 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.

Our guiding values and principles:

At South Dakota State University, we believe that on-going, systematic and regular assessment addresses how well the university is fulfilling its mission, with special emphasis on the assessment of student learning and success. We do this by encouraging and striving for:

  • Student-centered learning
  • Transparency and accessibility
  • Research-based practices
  • Continuous improvement
  • Accountability