Assessing Higher Education: Relevance of Vision and Mission Statements: A Case Study of USIU
United States International University (USIU) has recently been going through workshops and training about the education effectiveness and learning outcomes of its programs. The article examines whether the learning outcomes of USIU are being instilled in the student's academic and personal lives. Learning outcomes of USIU are very important throughout a student's academic life however, there are no set mechanisms of finding out if the stated learning outcomes are being achieved. The main objective of this study is to find out the level of awareness of the USIU vision and mission outcomes among the university students. It also aims at providing ideas on how best the vision and mission outcomes can be communicated effectively to the university community. This preliminary study is an important step in higher education assessment where visions and missions are stated boldly without due attention to the learning processes among students. For instance, when we talk of higher order thinking, is the student able to collect, analyze and demonstrate data or information to formulate conclusions with a critically and creatively holistic manner? How do we evaluate the assimilation of the mission and vision statements?
Journal of Language, Technology & Entrepreneurship in Africa Vol. 1 (2) 2009: pp. 112-119