Indirect assessment of student learning occurs through self-reported achievement of institutional goals. Students are surveyed on a variety of aspects of their Haverford experiences via standardized assessment tools. Some surveys are administered to the entire student body, others to freshman only (at the beginning and/or end of the freshman year), seniors, or alumni. Such standardized instruments allow the College to create benchmarking data for peer-institution comparisons, and provide data for longitudinal analyses.
Customized questions on such national survey instruments allow us to probe particular areas of institutional importance, including student learning. For example, a recent survey of all enrolled students permitted us to ask students to reflect on the extent to which they made progress on achieving each of our institutional Educational Goals and Aspirations. The Office of Institutional Research compiles the results of national surveys and posts meaningful excerpts of results.
In addition, a long-standing senior exit interview process provides an opportunity for students to reflect on a variety of experiences at Haverford, and informs appropriate constituencies of accomplishments or areas of concern.