Academic Assessment at Berea College

Berea’s outcomes assessment process is a comprehensive, three-year cycle of assessment that helps to ensure that programs adhere to the five principles of good assessment described above while also fulfilling our obligations to SACSCOC and other external accrediting agencies. At some point during each three-year assessment cycle, programs are expected to assess each of their student learning outcomes at least once and have used the results of their assessments to improve some aspect(s) of their program/curriculum. The process includes two categories of requirements – standing (or long-term) requirements (SLOs, curriculum maps, and three-year assessment plans) and annual reporting requirements documenting our assessment work.


Finally, Berea College has adopted the use of Taskstream to manage all portions of our assessment work, including assessment plans, annual reports, fourth-year reflections, and the collection of all evidence used for assessment.


In short, all academic programs at Berea College are expected to:

  • Identify student learning outcomes specific to their discipline or major;
  • conduct regular annual assessments of one or more student learning outcomes specific to each program; and
  • use the results of these assessments to inform ongoing/continuous programmatic efforts to improve

The documents and forms below provide more details and examples of our process: