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Learning Outcomes

Our approach to assessing student learning focuses on evaluating what students gain through the formal educational program. We have divided this into three main efforts: assessment of outcomes within majors, assessment of outcomes regarding general education, and assessment of our total education program.

Assessment within the Major

Each major program (departmental or interdisciplinary) has a varying approach to assessing student outcomes, making use of comprehensive examinations or program-specific projects for senior majors. Programs report on what their majors are doing after graduating from Earlham. Every five years, each program reviews its approach to assessing student outcomes.

Assessment of General Education

Each student should achieve a set of broad, College-developed goals as part of the general education curriculum at Earlham. Over the next several years, Earlham will assess student success under these general education criteria to highlight our effectiveness in Abstract Reasoning, Scientific Inquiry, Perspectives on Diversity, the Arts and Wellness, as well as in developing college-level writing skills.

Assessment of our Total Education Program

In the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), students respond to open-ended analytical and writing tasks to showcase their development of key academic skills and ways of knowing throughout their years at Earlham. Both of these tools, in conjunction with other assessment projects such as interviews with students, are part of our overall assessment of Earlham College.

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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.