Assessment at Emory

Assessment Philosophy

At Emory, we believe that assessment should be, as Linda Suskie says, "useful and used." To that end, it is important that programs are allowed to design assessment plans that will benefit them in the areas of teaching, curriculum, and student services. We encourage programs to be innovative and creative in their approach to assessment to best adhere to their own disciplinary culture and priorities, while also generating information that is of the most value to the program and the university. Guided by the requirements of our accreditor, The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), we nevertheless allow programs the freedom to explore questions through the assessment process that are most important to them.

The Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee

The Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee (LOAC) is a standing committee of Emory University's Faculty Council. It is charged to:

  • Review assessment plans from each of the schools and provide feedback
  • Share best practices and strategies
  • Help shape a culture of assessment that is uniquely Emory's and that informs and strengthens the SACSCOC reaccreditation process
  • Report to the Provost on key opportunities and challenges related to assessment at Emory

2021-2022 Committee Members

NameAffliation (School or Office)
Ullemu Luhanga, ChairSchool of Medicine
Andrea Barra, Ex-OfficioOffice of the Provost
Katherine Brokaw, Ex-OfficioSchool of Law
Lesley CarrollSchool of Law
Jason CiejkaEmory College
Jennifer ElderLibrary and IT Services
Davide FossatiEmory College
Amanda FreemanEmory College
Noelle GiguereEmory College
Rosemary Hynes, Ex-OfficioGraduate School
David Jordan, Ex-OfficioOffice of the Provost
Rose W. MurphreeSchool of Nursing
Nichole PowellOxford College
Hillary RodmanEmory College
Scott SteinbachSchool of Medicine
Jonathan StromSchool of Theology
Taryn R. TaylorSchool of Medicine

Assessment and Accreditation

The university's assessment and planning cycle is designed to have campus units work as a team to assess academic programs, academic support programs, and administrative units to provide essential information to stakeholders on how the institution is meeting its goals and objectives. We are committed to providing the campus community with leadership and guidance to uphold the university's cores values of integrity and ethics through goal setting and assessing progress towards accomplishing the goals and objectives in the university strategic plan. We strive to enhance the overall effectiveness of the university by ensuring that faculty, staff, and administrators are making decisions driven by data that foster overall student success and continuous improvement.

These assessment and planning cycles are integral parts of the accreditation process. Emory University is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, reviewed every ten years for compliance. See our accreditation page for more details.