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Assessment Office

Office mission

To advance the mission and values of Columbia College, the Office of Academic Assessment exists to:

  • support faculty in conducting continuous cycles of measurement and making data-informed decisions to improve student learning,
  • disseminate information about best assessment practices to enhance organizational development,
  • accumulate, maintain and communicate data to provide evidence that students have achieved course and program learning outcomes and that accreditation expectations are met.

Assessment Office staff

Portrait of Cyndi Louden

Dr. Cyndi Louden

Director of Assessment
STC 116
(573) 875-3173

Cyndi Louden believes that assessment is essential for improving student learning. She has worked with assessment data for over 15 years, and moved to Columbia College from The University of Texas at Austin in January, 2015. Cyndi also has experience as a science educator and geologist/marine scientist. She has found a true home at Columbia College, where she finds the student-centered atmosphere inspiring and energizing.  In her spare time, Cyndi enjoys photography, exploring Missouri, nature and crafting.

Ben Wood, Academic Assessment Specialist

Ben Wood

Academic Assessment Specialist
STC 114
(573) 875-7886

CBen Wood began working at Columbia College in January 2015. Prior to joining the Columbia College Office of Assessment, Ben worked as database manager for the Lincoln University Education Department in Jefferson City, Missouri, and as a student worker for the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) at the University of Missouri. He graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri in 2009. With the exception of two years spent living in Syracuse, New York, Ben has lived in Columbia since 1999. He is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, and in his free time enjoys playing video games and watching television.

Jordan Poire, Student Worker

Jordan Poire

Student Worker

Jordan Poire is a student worker for the Office of Assessment. She is currently a junior at Columbia College and is majoring in Healthcare Management and Finance, and plans to pursue an MBA from Columbia College after she graduates. She also plays on the Columbia College Women's Soccer team. Go Cougars!


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