Assessment at CMU

What will a CMU graduate know and be able to do at the end of their course of study? And how will we know if they get there? Those two questions are at the heart of assessment.

The assessment plan at Central Methodist University seeks to help cultivate a culture of continuous improvement in student learning assessing progress towards the goals set forth in the mission statement. The mission statement guides decisions in the University in all CMU academic and co-curricular programs. The process should:

    • Be thoughtful, systematic, and driven by faculty;
    • Reflect the goals of particular disciplines, as well as the University Learning Outcomes;
    • Guide departments and programs in the creation and refinement of curriculum.
  • The Wheel CMU's University Learning Principles, commonly known as "the Wheel," were adopted in May 2016.

The faculty have ultimate responsibility for assessment of both General Education and Academic Programs. They are assisted by the Director of Assessment, the Assessment Committee, and the Provost's Office. For a more detailed breakdown of assessment responsibilities, please see the Assessment Handbook.


Quality assessment is essential to improving student learning. Through the use of both direct and indirect evidence of student achievement, assessments guide collective actions for improvements in teaching, academic supports, and curricula. The Director of Assessment and the Assessment Committee serve the CMU community by supporting assessment activities, coordinating university-wide assessments, and fostering a culture of assessment. Assessment reporting is compiled in the WEAVE Online data management system.