Office of Assessment and Planning

    "...assessment has become the primary tool for understanding a​nd improving the ways in which students learn and for developing and enhancing those institutional structures and programs that support student learning."                

Michael F. Middaugh, Planning and Assessment in Higher Education (2010)


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The Office of Assessment and Planning serves Fairmont State University by supporting research, planning, and institutional effectiveness needs.  The Office has primary responsibility for coordinating the collection, analysis, interpretation and application of all relevant institutional data and the preparation of documentation and reports for use in assessment, and institutional strategic planning and decision-making; facilitating professional development of faculty and staff in areas related to assessment and institutional effectiveness; and, enhancing and managing the University’s capabilities to conduct and implement strategic planning and grant procurement, implementation, and administration in support of the University’s strategic vision and initiatives. 

The Office of Assessment and Planning replaces the former Office of Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness, and is staffed by Director of Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness, Robynn K. Shannon, and Director of Planning and Grants, Amantha L. Cole.  Assessment and Planning is an operating unit within Student Services.  The two Directors collaborate with each other and respective campus groups and committees to promote good research, best practice, professional development, and collaboration for assessment and planning toward a continuous improvement culture within the University.


"...gathering evidence of student learning is not for compliance with external demands but, rather, an institutional strategy, a core function of continuous improvement, and a means for faculty and staff to elevate student successs and strengthen institutional health."

 George D. Kuh, et al., Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education (2015)