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The Academic Statement and Self Evaluations

Evergreen is a unique college 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 and have the opportunity to understand more about their work as a whole and to recognize connections and common themes within a program.

As of fall 2013, the only document required for incoming students to include in their final transcripts is the Academic Statement. This statement of no more than 750 words provides readers of your transcript a summary or digest of your education as a whole. Self-evaluations, which document your learning your specific learning experiences, are not required for your final transcript, but they are required at the end of every program.  Faculty are required to include your self-evaluations in their professional portfolios. Often, faculty want to read your self-evaluations before they write their evaluations of your work. You may choose to include any of your self-evaluations in your official college transcript; it's up to you, whereas you are required to include an Academic Statement in your final transcript before you receive your diploma. See our handout [PDF] for more information.

Your self-evaluations play a crucial role in your education at Evergreen. They capture the heart of your learning and they contribute to your efforts to complete an excellent Academic Statement. They focus on specific learning experiences - in programs, courses, internships, and individual learning contracts - and document the content and significance of particular academic achievements. They become the building blocks for your Academic Statement, which you will craft throughout your education at Evergreen, and they can deeply inform the final Academic Statement which you will submit to your transcript before you graduate. If you choose to include any of your self-evaluations in your official college transcript, they too can provide insight about specific learning experiences which you’d like to highlight for outside audiences.

Self-evaluations serve as check-in points for your educational story. In them you record your accomplishments at the end of each quarter. Certainly, your goals as a student change periodically, or even often; an evaluation reflects your thinking when you’ve completed one set of studies and are preparing for another. When you have developed a collection of self-evaluations over several quarters or years, you’ll be able to see changes in your thinking over time - changes that can be difficult to see without creating this kind of careful and deliberate documentation.