The purpose of assessment in higher education is to:

  • Define what we want our students to learn.
  • Assess whether or not that learning is taking place.

At Montana State university, assessment of student learning is governed by the Student Outcomes Assessment Policy.

Assessment takes place at a variety of levels. Use the following links for more detailed information.

Program Assessment

Program assessment involves establishing program learning outcomes, and assessing student performance for each outcome. Program assessment is described in each department's Assessment Plan, which include outcomes, threshold values, curriculum maps, and assessment schedules.



This site is the official publication of MSU-Bozeman's campus assessment program, which is coordinated by Ron Larsen, Associate Provost. Please address questions or suggestions to


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Historical Links (many outdated - to be reviewed)