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 at University, academic program, and individual course levels. The purposes of assessment at Northwest Nazarene University include formative and summative evaluations resulting in improvement of student learning and educational programs, and communicating the success of these processes to internal and external audiences in appropriate ways.

Assessment at NNU includes several elements:
  • University-wide, college, program and department strategies or assessment of student learning
  • Program and department objectives: the more specific statement of expected outcomes students will demonstrate in knowledge, skill or disposition as a result of a specific learning   experience, course, or program
  • Annual program and department report of student performance on school or department objectives
  • Four University values: NNU’s statement of its broad goals for students in undergraduate and graduate programs:
    • Transformation
    • Community
    • Truth
    • Service
  • Annual University report of student performance on University values
  • The collection of information on entering and graduating students
  • Periodic review of all academic programs and faculty
  • Documentation of modification of programs made as a result of assessment data