HLC Accreditation

Chicago State University dedicates considerable resources to enhancing student learning and ensuring  excellence in assessment. All academic programs, including general education, follow a regular process of faculty-driven assessment, using results of multiple assessment instruments (direct and indirect) to inform programmatic change. 

CSU places considerable emphasis on advancing and documenting its assessment efforts. Pursuit of excellence in assessment includes the validation of all academic programs either by means of accreditation reviews or other required program reviews performed to meet Illinois Board of Higher Education cyclical program review requirements, those of external accreditation agencies, and those of the program missions themselves.

pdf Institutional Assessment Plan 2020-2025


Assessment AcademyThe Office of Academic Affairs works on behalf of the Provost to coordinate assessment on campus. University Coordinators for academic programs, general education courses, and cocurricular activities, work in collaboration with individual faculty coordinators and staff in these three areas to conduct annual assessments of student learning and to provide data that will inform future improvement.

The Office of Academic Affairs also promotes ongoing support and guidance for the assessment of student learning through shared resources, fall and spring assessment conferences for coordinators, and feedback on assessment reports. All assessment resources are housed in the University Assessment Committee course shell on our learning management system where they can be easily accessed by assessment coordinators and chairs.

Our goals are to document student learning throughout our campus, provide support for our assessment coordinators, and use assessment reports to continuously improve student learning.

Chicago State University participated in a three-year long Assessment Academy offered through the Higher Learning Commission, which concluded in October 2023. The goals and achievements for the program are listed on the following poster.