Assessment of Student Learning
Appalachian State University routinely defines and measures academic and administrative programs and services. To that end, students should be aware that throughout their careers at Appalachian they will be expected to respond to surveys, complete evaluations, and provide artifacts that the faculty will use to document the institution's success in fostering student learning.
In some cases, students' responses to assessment inquiries will be anonymous, but in most cases student responses and artifacts will bear unique student identifiers that will allow cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis of assessment results by program. In that the aim of assessment at Appalachian is program improvement, the analysis of results will always focus on programs and not on individuals. Students should also understand that this type of information is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), and, except in statutorily specified circumstances, individual student responses will never be reported without explicit permission from the student.