Institutional assessment includes measures to determine the impact of the entire Macalester experience. Macalester implements this assessment to ensure that students as a whole are meeting the goals set forth in Macalester’s Mission Statement and Statement of Purpose and Belief.


Macalester engages in a cycle of assessment and improvement. This takes place at several levels, including specific initiatives for institution-wide assessment. The purpose of institution-wide assessment at Macalester is not to evaluate individual students or to classify or grade them. Rather, the unit of analysis is the college itself, and the purpose is to collect information about the impact our educational program has on students and student learning. Many groups on campus play key roles in assessment. One such group is the SLC.