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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement UCORE Assessment

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Communication

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COMMUNICATION

All UCORE-designated courses are required to advance Written Communication, a sub-goal of the Communication Learning Goal, totaling 34 credit hours in UCORE-designated courses that include instruction and/or engagement with Written Communication. As such, the required first-year experience course [ROOT], other first-year foundational requirements, and the senior capstone experience course [CAPS] are required to advance Written Communication; English 101 (College Composition), specifically, is a key written communication foundational competency [WRTG] course in the UCORE curriculum for many first-year students.

Additionally, UCORE-designated courses advance oral, multi-modal, or other mediums as appropriate to the designator, with a minimum of three credit hours in UCORE-designated courses that include instruction and/or engagement with Oral Communication, a sub-goal of the Communication Learning Goal (see UCORE’s Curriculum webpages for more information). Students develop Oral Communication skills through small-group discussion and debate in the required first-year experience course [ROOT] and students may complete a first-year foundational Communication [COMM] course, which focus on non-written mediums (note: students can take a second [WRTG] course instead of a [COMM] course). Oral Communication may be included in the senior capstone experience course [CAPS] as appropriate to the course and discipline.

WSU Learning Goal: Graduates will communicate successfully with audiences through written, oral, and other media as appropriate for the audience and purpose. Graduates may demonstrate communication skills by:

  • Analyzing how circumstances, background, values, interests and needs shape communication sent and received.
  • Tailoring messages to audiences according to purpose, occasion, and technology used.
  • Expressing concepts, propositions, and beliefs in coherent, concise, and technically correct form.
  • Choosing appropriate communication media and technology.
  • Speaking confidently and effectively in front of groups.
  • Following social and disciplinary norms for individual and small group interactions, which includes active listening.

Current Evidence of Student Learning Related to Communication

Click on the links for more information about current evidence of student learning from assessments aligned with Communication:


UCORE Capstone [CAPS] Course Assessment

 

Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Assessment

 

English 101 [WRTG] Assessment

 

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)