Educational Plan and Assessment

A key aspect of the Student Life Division's mission statement is to "design, facilitate, and inspire beyond-the-class learning experiences and environments." One way the division seeks to fulfill this mission is to provide educational programs targeted toward four of Westmont’s institutional learning outcomes. While Student Life will execute departmental, inter-departmental, and educational goals yearly, it also employs a 4-year cycle wherein each of the four institutional learning outcomes receives particular emphasis. Student Life has found it helpful to consider ways to utilize 7 variables (prayer, physical space, policies, services, social arrangements, role models/staffing, planned gatherings) to advance our priorities.  “White papers” written by separate teams of student life staff were written for each of the four institutional learning outcomes.  These papers serve as a starting point for the institutional outcome that is being addressed and typically are revised to include new understanding or approaches.  In addition, each white paper is paired with a grid that shows how the 7 variables are used to support each institutional learning outcome.  The grids also summarize the tools that will be to assess effectiveness.   The white papers and grids are available below.

Supporting Document

The following document provides more information about the process and methodology undertaken by the Student Life Division:

The Educational Plan of Westmont Student Life

Annual Assessment Reports

The Student Life Division submits an annual assessment report to the Program Review Committee of the college.  These reports and the responses from the Program Review Committee are provided below.

2004-2005 2005-2006
2007-2008 2008-2009
2009-2010 2010-2011
2011-2012 2012-2013
Departmental External Reviews

In 1996 the Student Life Division initiated a commitment to external reviews.  An external review is a process where two colleagues from other respected programs from campuses across the country are invited to join a Westmont student life member and faculty member to conduct a 2-day review of an individual department.  The feedback from these reviews has helped us improve our effectiveness in meeting learning outcomes, improve services, and identify resource priorities.

The external reviews are provided as links below for the following departments and years.

Campus Life Office (formerly Leadership Development Office)
Campus Pastor's Office
Counseling Center
Health Services
Intercultural Programs
Office of Life Planning
Residence Life