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"If you don't know where you are headed, you'll probably end up someplace else." -Douglas J. Eder, Ph.D

The mission of the Simmons College Assessment Office is to improve student learning through assessment. Assessment involves establishing student learning outcomes, measuring/observing and documenting the extent to which outcomes are achieved, findings ways to improve, and implementing improvement plans. It is a collaborative process that includes faculty, students, staff, administrators, and others.

The Assessment Office

  • Supports the use of program and institutional assessment to improve the quality of student learning
  • Collaborates with faculty, staff, students, and administrators to establish meaningful, manageable, and sustainable course, program, and institutional assessments
  • Collaborates with faculty and staff to develop general guidelines for the assessment of student learning at Simmons College 
  • Disseminates assessment-related information to faculty, staff, and students
  • Assists programs with designing and reviewing effective educational programs 

Assessment Office Services:

  • Professional development for faculty and staff
  • Consultation and customized sessions with faculty, staff, and programs
  • Assistance with assessment and instrument design
  • Program evaluation design and implementation 
  • Assessment-related events for faculty, staff, and administrators 
  • Dissemination and development of good assessment practices, examples, guides, and other resources


Dr. Susan Gracia, Director of Assessment
Simmons College, E-208G
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115