Assessment Overview


Assessment, in our context, is a systematic reflection of teaching and learning wherever it occurs in the university. It is the basis of our growth as a community of learning. In a time of ever-increasing public accountability, doing what we love to do depends in part on our ability to demonstrate what we do, that we are continually striving to be better at what we do, and most importantly that our students benefit from our efforts.

Student Learning Outcomes Transparency Framework

The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) has developed a Transparency Framework for institutions to use in sharing assessment processes and results with the public.  It is based on assessment best practices as well as basic premises about website communication.  Read more about the development of the Transparency Framework here.

UNC Asheville uses this framework to organize our Assessment Website.  All images and information related to the Transparency Framework come from the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. (2011). Transparency Framework. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Retrieved from:  

Use the links below for more information about assessment at UNCA.

Student Learning Outcome Statements

Student learning outcomes statements clearly state the expected knowledge, skills, attitudes, competencies, and habits of mind that students are expected to acquire at an institution of higher education. To find out more, click here.

Assessment Plans

Campus plans for gathering evidence of student learning might include institution-wide or program specific approaches that convey how student learning will be assessed, the data collection tools and approaches that will be used, and the timeline for implementation. To find out more, click here.


Assessment Resources

Assessment resources encompass information or training provided to faculty and staff to help them understand, develop, implement, communicate, and use evidence of student learning. To find out more, click here.

Current Assessment Activities

Current assessment activities include information on a full range of projects and activities recently completed or currently underway to gauge student learning, make improvements or respond to accountability interests. To find out more, click here.

Evidence of Student Learning

Evidence of student learning includes results of assessment activities. This may include evidence of indirect (e.g. surveys) and direct (e.g. portfolio) student learning as well as institutional performance indicators (e.g. licensure pass rate). To find out more, click here.

Use of Student Learning Evidence

This component represents the extent to which evidence of student learning is used to identify areas where changes in policies and practices may lead to improvement, inform institutional decision-making, problem identification, planning, goal setting, faculty development, course revision, program review, and accountability or accreditation self-study. To find out more ... (page under construction)

Assessment Software - WEAVE

UNC Asheville uses Performance Cloud by WEAVE for storing its assessment data.  For more information about this software, to obtain a log-in, or to receive training, please contact Dr. Jessica Stowell via email at

To access WEAVE click below