Assessment Mission Statement

Palo Alto College faculty and staff assess student learning outcomes as the sum total of the learning experience at the institution and use assessment findings to motivate improvements in student success and program development.


Palo Alto College Assessment Values

Assessment of student learning outcomes at Palo Alto College reflects the college's commitment to provide exemplary, accessible education and training to a diverse and aspiring community by:

  • Identifying what students should learn
  • Measuring student learning
  • Collecting data systematically to understand and improve student learning
  • Devising necessary instructional/institutional strategies based on data analysis


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Palo Alto College Assessment Goals


Palo Alto College faculty and staff recognize the following benefits of assessment:

  • Improving student learning
  • Developing a common framework for student learning expectations
  • Encouraging faculty and staff collaboration
  • Promoting instructional and institutional innovation


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