Depth, Breadth & Integration of Learning
UCORE-designated courses advance Depth, Breadth, & Integration of Learning as appropriate to the designator, with a minimum of six credit hours in UCORE-designated courses that include instruction and/or engagement with Integrative Learning (see UCORE’s Curriculum webpages for more information). The required first-year experience course [ROOT] and senior capstone experience course [CAPS] are required to advance Integrative Learning, specifically.
WSU Learning Goal: Graduates will develop depth, breadth, and integration of learning for the benefit of themselves, their communities, their employers, and for society at large. Graduates may demonstrate depth, breadth, and integration of learning:
- Through broad study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, history, languages, and the arts.
- By demonstrating a depth of knowledge within the chosen academic field of study based on integration of its history, core methods, techniques, vocabulary, and unsolved problems.
- By applying the concepts of the general and specialized studies to personal, academic, service learning, professional, and/or community activities.
- By understanding how the methods and concepts of the chosen discipline (major) relate to those of other disciplines and by engaging in cross-disciplinary activities.
- By synthesizing multiple bodies of knowledge to address real-world problems and issues.
- By reflecting upon changes in learning and outlook over time and by making personal, professional, and civic plans based on that self-reflection.
Current Evidence of Student Learning Related to Depth, Breadth and Integration of Learning
Click on the links for more information about current evidence of student learning from assessments aligned with Depth, Breadth and Integration of Learning in the context of the UCORE curriculum:
Capstone [CAPS] Assessment for UCORE
Student Learning at the Senior Level: AY 2020-21 [CAPS] Course Assessment Results
As reported in the AY 2020-21 [CAPS] Course Assessment Reporting Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, assessment results indicated that 82% of students met or exceeded expectations at the graduating undergraduate level for Information Literacy. Additionally, 83% of students met or exceeded expectations for Integrative Learning. In courses where faculty members found enough elements to evaluate student learning on additional learning goals, instructors indicated that 82% of the students met or exceeded expectations for Scientific Literacy, and 81% for Quantitative Reasoning.Read Story
Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Assessment
Information Literacy, Integrative Learning, and Critical Thinking Achievement at the First-Year Level: AY 2020-21 Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Final Papers Assessment Results
As reported in the AY 2020-21 [ROOT] Final Papers Assessment Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, assessment results indicated that, on average, 78% of first-year students met or exceeded expectations at the first-year undergraduate level at the end of their UCORE first-year experience [ROOT] course on rubric outcomes related to Information Literacy. Additionally, 88% met or exceeded expectations on the outcome related to Integrative Learning and 80% met or exceeded expectations on the outcome related to Critical Thinking.Read Story
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
Student Learning at the First-Year and Senior Level: 2019 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Results
As reported in the 2019 National Survey of Student Engagement – Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, results from the 2019 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) indicate that nearly all WSU seniors responding to NSSE have considerable confidence in their ability to complete tasks requiring critical thinking (94%) and creative thinking (93%).
In addition to Critical and Creative Thinking, results from the 2019 NSSE also provide indirect evidence of student learning on Information Literacy, Communication, Quantitative Reasoning, Diversity, and Depth, Breadth & Integration of Learning at the first-year and senior levels for UCORE assessment—see the 2019 NSSE Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE for more information.Read Story