Evaluation and Academic Statement Resources
Evaluations at Evergreen and the New Role of the Academic Statement
Evergreen is unique as a college in utilizing a narrative system to assess student learning and achievement. Through the evaluation process, both students and faculty learn from their work within a particular program, finding connection and themes, and reflecting on the significance of their learning.
Self-Evaluations and Faculty-Evaluations
Each quarter, students are asked to write a self-evaluation for their programs and courses, as well as an evaluation of their faculty. In return, their faculty writes an evaluation of them. Evaluations from faculty, and self-evaluations if the student chooses to include them, form the bulk of the content of each student’s Evergreen transcript. Self-evaluations give students the opportunity to reflect on their learning in a particular program or course, and they can deeply inform the final Academic Statement. Self-evaluations serve as check-in points for your educational story. Your evaluations reflect your thinking and focus as you complete one set of studies and are preparing for another. Over time, you’ll be able to track the evolution of your thinking and interests, changes that can be difficult to see without creating this kind of careful and deliberate documentation.
The Academic Statement
The Academic Statement is a new graduation requirement, and is the only document required for students to include in their final transcripts. This statement of no more than 750 words provides readers of your transcript a digest of your education as a whole, explaining what academic choices you made and why, and what the significance of your liberal arts education is to you. It is wider in scope than a self-evaluation. Students submit an annual revision of their Academic Statement, and submit their final version during the quarter they intend to graduate. To support the writing of their annual revision, faculty in Fall Quarter programs of 8 credits or more offer 6 hours of in-class support. During Winter and Spring Quarters, on the days before the Academic Fairs, faculty members host Mentoring Days, putting on workshops that help students consider their academic pathways and think about how to write their Academic Statement.
For more information about the Academic Statement’s requirements, process, and support, visit the Academic Statement website. For more on how to write your Academic Statement, visit Writing an Academic Statement.
Don’t forget to make an appointment to meet with a tutor in the Writing Center for support on any of these documents!