FAQs About Student Outcomes Assessment
Papers, Exams, Performances, Exhibitions
Fordham's faculty and administrators are responsible for ensuring that you are gaining the skills and knowledge the University promises. In order to do so, we periodically review a sample of student work, examining the work for evidence of specific academic achievements. For example, we may look at how well students evaluate evidence or build arguments, weigh competing claims, or express complex ideas, respect different cultures or appreciate historic contexts. From the many papers students provide, we randomly pick a sample. That sample represents different courses, different teachers, and different assignments, but all of the papers will represent a specific part of the Core Curriculum. For example, we draw papers from a variety of EP1 courses in order to draw conclusions about the EP1 curriculum. We do not investigate the performance of specific students or faculty.
Fordham's commitment to educating the whole person requires that the University examine more than student work. Students are asked to complete a variety of surveys throughout their undergraduate careers. These surveys provide administrators and faculty perspectives on students' Fordham experiences that are not available through student work.
The University collects information about recent graduates' initial activities--often referred to as first destinations. Seniors are encouraged to enter information about their plans, employment offers, school admissions offers, fellowships and service commitments in Handshake, our internship and job database. Such information is also collected through social media like LinkedIn, communication between students and Career Services staff, or directly from employers and schools.