Assessment Terminology

The following terms have specific meanings at George Fox.  Please contact Academic Affairs for clarification or questions.

Mission
Concise statement of the purpose of an institution, college or program, giving direction to its practices.
Goal
Broad, general statement of what the program intends to accomplish.
SMART Goal
Specific, measurable, agreed upon, realistic and time-based.
Outcome
Result or consequence actually attained. Can be measured or assessed. Learning outcomes focus on what the student knows or is able to do at end of a program (or course).
[Note: Use instead of “Objective”, which is input-oriented]
Competency
Demonstrated capacity to perform the special demands or requirements of particular situations. Commonly used in professional programs.
Target
Indicator of success as measured by specific assessment tool.