Educational Effectiveness Student Achievement

Westmont is committed to the continuous improvement of our academic programs by aligning our curriculum to the highest standards in the respective academic programs and regularly assessing student learning. The richness of a four-year college education can not be captured by a few numbers and charts. However, Westmont is committed to documenting student achievement across the curriculum. This page links to a range of assessment documents, providing glimpses into student learning in the student's major and in general education courses.

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention and graduation rates are provided, disaggregated by gender, race, and ethnicity. The most recent 4-year graduation rate is 70.3% and the 6-year rate is 71.7%. Retention and Graduation Rates

Institutional Learning Outcomes

Westmont's broadest learning goals are embedded in seven institutional learning outcomes. Each year one ILO is the focus of a college-wide assessment effort. Summaries of results are presented here.

Christian Understanding, Practices and Affections
2018-2020 report;
2018-2020 Executive Summary

Global Awareness was assessed at the General Education level as World History and Thinking Globally in 2016-17


Competence in Oral Communication

Information Literacy

Competence in Written Communication


Quantitative Literacy



Critical Thinking
2019-20 report; Appendices
2019-20 Summary





General Education Learning Outcomes

In the general education program, students explore a number of branches of human knowledge and inquiry. General education learning outcomes provide a sampling of learning across many disciplines.

Exploring the Life Sciences 2017-18 Physical Education  2015-16
Exploring the Physical Sciences 2017-18 Reasoning Abstractly  2021-22
Modern Languages 2018-19 Reading Imaginative Literature 2019-20

Performing & Interpreting the Arts 2014-15

Working Artistically 2022-2023

Old Testament, New Testament, Christian Doctrine  2018-2020

Understanding Society 2014-15

Understanding Society 2022 2023

Thinking Historically 2015-2016
Philosophical Reflections 2019-20 (preliminary assessment 2014-15)

In addition, the following general education learning outcomes are assessed as part of concurrent institutional learning outcome assessment: Biblical and Theological Canons, World History in Christian Perspective, Thinking Globally, Cross-Cultural Communication, Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning, Writing-Intensive Courses, and Speech-Intensive Courses.

Academic Majors - Program Learning Outcomes

Major fields of study give students the opportunity for an in-depth study of the theories, knowledge, and methods of an academic discipline. Snapshots of student achievement can be seen through the assessment of program learning outcomes.

Department Grades Summary Reports