The community of Oglala Lakota College emphasizes the following four specific and essential purposes for institutional assessment:
The foundation of the college's assessment program relies on a formative philosophy, meaning that data and information obtained for assessment purposes will be evaluated and implemented by the respective programs, faculty, staff and administration. All assessment measures will be utilized to improve and enhance the performance of the students, staff and faculty.
To maintain institutional accountability, assessment efforts will be publicly available for current and potential stakeholders, to assist in the evaluation and merit of obtaining an education at Oglala Lakota College. This information is available on the college Web site.