Slide 2 of 26
The above quotes from the North Central Association's Handbook of Accreditation (NCA-CIHE, 1997) suggest what the NCA expects from its member institutions and why this expectation exists.
Note the three words highlighted in the first quote. The NCA expects our assessment processes to be conducted year in and year out (on-going) to determine for ourselves that students are learning what we intend them to learn (assure), and that we use that information to enhance our educational programs (improve).
The second quote addresses why the NCA has this expectation.