UCORE-designated courses advance Diversity as appropriate to the designator, with a minimum of six credit hours in UCORE-designated courses that include instruction and/or engagement with Diversity (see UCORE’s Curriculum webpages for more information). The required first-year experience course [ROOT] is required to advance the Diversity Learning Goal and students also complete a [DIVR] course requirement. Diversity may be included in the senior capstone experience course [CAPS] as appropriate to the course and discipline.
WSU Learning Goal: Graduates will understand, respect and interact constructively with others of similar and diverse cultures, values, and perspectives. Graduates may demonstrate their recognition of diverse cultures, values, and perspectives by:
- Moving beyond perception-based comparisons, prior knowledge, and individual experiences to understand how social positioning and cultural differences and/or interrelations are constructed.
- Recognizing how factors including history; politics; economics; systems of discrimination and inequality; structures of power and privilege; and/or cultural values, beliefs, and practices determine social and cultural conditions.
- Using vocabulary, language, concepts, and/or theoretical models to engage and analyze how social realities are shaped and how stereotypes are created by cultural and socio-economic differences in the US and/or globally.
- Analyzing and critiquing the cultural and social underpinnings of knowledge claims about individuals and groups and their relations to one another.
- Assessing one’s own core values, cultural assumptions, and biases in relation to those held by other individuals, cultures, and societies.
Current Evidence of Student Learning Related to Diversity
Click on the links for more information about current evidence of student learning from assessments aligned with Diversity in the context of the UCORE curriculum:
Capstone [CAPS] Assessment for UCORE
Assessing Student Learning at the Senior Level: AY 2019-20 [CAPS] Course Assessment Results
As reported in the AY 2019-20 [CAPS] Course Assessment Reporting Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, assessment results indicated that 83% of students met or exceeded expectations at the graduating undergraduate level for Critical & Creative Thinking. Additionally, 81% of students met or exceeded expectations for Written Communication. In courses where faculty members found enough elements to evaluate student learning on additional learning goals, instructors indicated that 88% of the students met or exceeded expectations for Oral Communication, and 88% for Diversity.Read Story
Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Assessment
Diversity and Written Communication Achievement at the First-Year Level: AY 2019-20 Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Diversity & Inequality Papers Assessment Results
As reported in the AY 2019-20 [ROOT] Diversity & Inequality Papers Assessment Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, assessment results indicated that, on average, 75% 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 Diversity. Additionally, on average, 84% met or exceeded expectations for outcomes related to Written Communication.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