Northwest Nazarene University is an educational community with a primary commitment to the learning and developmental growth of its student in undergraduate, graduate, and professional development programs. The University is committed to an ongoing assessment process. The purposes of assessment at Northwest Nazarene University include improvement of student learning and educational programs, and communicating the success of this process to internal and external audiences in understandable ways. Assessment at NNU includes 12 elements, each of which has been implemented unless otherwise indicated:
  1. University-wide and school plans for assessment of student learning
  2. Four university outcomes: NNU’s single statement of its broad goals for graduates of both bachelors and masters programs:
    • Christlike Character
    • Academic Excellence
    • Creative Engagement
    • Social Responsiveness
  3. School or departmental objectives: the more specific statement of expected changes students will demonstrate in knowledge, skill or disposition as a result of a particular learning experience, course, or program
  4. Assessment strategies for  University outcomes and for school and departmental objectives
  5. A University assessment officer and assessment officers in each of the academic schools
  6. The collection of information on entering students
  7. System of periodic review of all academic programs and of all faculty
  8. Statements of University outcomes and of school and/or department objectives in catalog materials and syllabi
  9. Annual departmental and school report of student performance on school or department objectives
  10. Annual University report of student performance on University outcomes and summary of performance on school or department objectives*
  11. Documentation of modification of programs made as a result of assessment data*
  12. Assessment information on the institutional web pages
*Implemented in some schools and departments