The 2019 Biennial UCORE Assessment Summary of Student Achievement is now available to WSU faculty, leadership, and other stakeholders. This report is intended to summarize results of UCORE-related student learning assessment on WSU’s Seven Learning Goals of Undergraduate Education, using data collected in AY 2017-18 and AY 2018-19.

As outlined in the UCORE Assessment Plan, 2015‑2023, UCORE Assessment Summaries of Student Achievement of WSU’s Seven Learning Goals of Undergraduate Education switched to a biennial format starting in 2019, to better align with key UCORE assessments. These summaries offer a general picture of student achievement and perceptions at the senior and first-year levels, intended to provide an overview related to WSU’s Learning Goals of Undergraduate Education. Other assessment of student learning on WSU’s Learning Goals, such as assessment by degree programs or majors, is beyond the scope of the 2019 UCORE Assessment Summary report.

“This summary helps us gauge overall student achievement of WSU’s Learning Goals in the context of UCORE, by providing data from instructor assessment of student work in UCORE [CAPS] courses, with related data from students about their own confidence or experience related to specific learning goals,” observed UCORE Director Clif Stratton. “The 2019 NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) collects the student perspective from seniors and first year students, providing some ‘student voices’ we can use as we consider student achievement.”

“We’re also pleased to bring in faculty assessment of student work at the first year level, from History 105 [ROOT], Roots of Contemporary Issues, and from English 101 [WRTG], First Year Composition. We’re gaining an overall perspective on student achievement and experience in the first year as well,“ Stratton continued.

All UCORE-designated courses require students to demonstrate Critical & Creative Thinking, Information Literacy, and Written Communication (a sub-goal of the Communication goal), while Oral Communication (another Communication sub-goal), Quantitative Reasoning, Scientific Literacy, Diversity, and Depth, Breadth, & Integration of Learning are advanced in UCORE courses as appropriate to the designator (see UCORE’s Curriculum webpages for more information).

For more information about UCORE Assessment, see Current Assessment Activities and Evidence of Student Learning. For past UCORE summaries of student achievement, see UCORE Assessment Summaries.