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Efficient Assessment: Aligning Grading Rubrics with WSU Learning Goals in UCORE [CAPS] Courses

UCORE Capstone [CAPS] courses bring opportunities for integration, application, and closure to the undergraduate experience. In place since 2015, [CAPS] Assessment Reporting for UCORE is intended to gauge student learning achievement on WSU’s Learning Goals of Undergraduate Education in the context of the general education curriculum as students near graduation. This spotlight offers insight into a tested, efficient approach to assessment of student learning achievement in a UCORE Capstone [CAPS] course through grading rubric alignment.

NEUROSCI 490: Senior Project is a UCORE [CAPS] course where seniors majors demonstrate skills and knowledge in final oral presentations of their semester-long research projects. Worth 20% of the course grade, these presentations also provide direct assessment of student performance on WSU’s Learning Goals for [CAPS] Assessment Reporting for UCORE. Dr. Samantha Gizerian, who teaches this course, has designed a grading rubric and the following three-step process to streamline the production of senior-level achievement data for [CAPS] Assessment Reporting for UCORE. » More …

2021 Biennial UCORE Assessment Summary of Student Achievement Available

The 2021 Biennial UCORE Assessment Summary of Student Achievement is now available to WSU faculty, leadership, and other stakeholders. This report summarizes results of UCORE-related student learning assessment on WSU’s Seven Learning Goals of Undergraduate Education, using data collected in AY 2019-20 and AY 2020-21.  » More …

Using Assessment to Inform Decision-making in AY 2019-20 UCORE Capstone [CAPS] Courses

As part of AY 2019-20 [CAPS] Assessment Reporting for UCORE, instructors were asked if they planned to make any changes in future semesters based on assessments from the current semester. Overall, 58% of instructors indicated that they planned to make a change to their course based on assessment. » More …

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» More …

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» More …

2019 Biennial UCORE Assessment Summary of Student Achievement Available

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. » More …

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 ReasoningDiversity, 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. » More …

Assessing Student Learning at the Foundational Level: AY 2018-19 English 101 [WRTG] Holistic Skills Assessment

As reported in the AY 2018-19 English 101 Holistic Skills Assessment Project Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, assessment results indicated that 81% of students exceeded or met expectations for written communication at a first-year undergraduate level at the end of their English 101 [WRTG] course. » More …

Assessing Student Learning on WSU’s Seven Learning Goals: AY 2018-19 [CAPS] Course Assessment Results

As reported in the AY 2018-19 [CAPS] Course Assessment Reporting Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, fall 2018 assessment results indicated that, for the four required Learning Goals in [CAPS] courses, 82% of students met or exceeded expectations at the graduating senior level for Critical & Creative Thinking, 83% for Information Literacy, 82% for Integration of Learning, and 83% for written communication.   » More …

Embedded Assessment Results Influence Teaching and Build Shared Expectations of Student Achievement in English 101 [WRTG]

WSU’s Pullman English Composition Program has used English 101 (College Composition) assessment results to guide professional development for instructors and to start conversations across campuses to increase the shared understanding of instructors about the learning outcomes and expectations for student achievement. » More …