First Year Assessment

The First Year Assessment Program uses data to improve the teaching and learning experience and enhance the effectiveness of academic programs, processes and services.  Assessments include standardized exams, student academic performance analysis, and program and service evaluations.  Freshman take a battery of tests, complete portfolios, and participate in survey research, personal and self-assessment activities.  FYA offers workshops on student and test-taking skills, note-taking strategies, time management and critical thinking.


First Year Assessment supports the three-fold mission of the institution by conducting performance indicators for students and academic programs. Below is a summary of selected instruments.

College Basic Academic Subjects Examination W/Essay (CBASE)

College Basic Academic Subjects Examination (CBASE) is a 180-item criterion-referenced achievement test focusing on the degree to which students have mastered particular skills and competencies with the completion of general education coursework. The exam is administered as a Pre and Post test for students.

Freshman Persistence Survey

This survey is conducted in conjunction with the Office of Student Retention Services to monitor and track the progress of freshman students.

Undergraduate Studies Services Evaluation

Undergraduate Studies Service Evaluation is a student service survey that focuses on the core components that support the academic mission of the Division

Community Service/Service Learning Student Evaluation

The CSSL survey is an informative and student satisfaction survey for students to evaluate their service learning experience while enrolled in University Success.


The purpose of the ACCUPLACER tests is to provide students with useful information about their academic skills in math, English, and reading. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals, and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to determine course selection.

Assessment Resources

National Databases


Dr. LaTonya Robinson-Kanonu, Assessment and Program Evaluator
Charles F. Moore Room 202

This activity is funded in part by Title III.