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Current Evidence of Student Learning

Introduction

Visual depiction of the NILOA Transparency Framework Evidence of Student Learning Component.

Evidence of student learning on WSU’s Seven Learning Goals in the context of the UCORE curriculum comes from results of UCORE Assessment activities.

The table below aligns current UCORE Assessment results with WSU’s Learning Goals, including direct and indirect measures. Click on the links for more information about particular evidence of student learning. For current and past summaries of UCORE-related student learning assessment on WSU’s Learning Goals, see UCORE Assessment Summaries.

Data Table (Assessment Evidence)

Current UCORE Assessment Evidence of Student Learning on WSU’s Seven Learning Goals

Evidence

Critical & Creative Thinking

Quantitative Reasoning

Scientific Literacy

Information Literacy

Communication

Diversity

Depth, Breadth, & Integration of Learning

UCORE Capstone [CAPS] Course Assessment Results1X(X)(X)XX(X)X
Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Assessment Results2XXXXX
English 101 [WRTG] Assessment ResultsX
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Results3XX(X)XXX

UCORE Capstone [CAPS] Course Assessment Results

Each year, beginning in 2015, UCORE Capstone [CAPS] Course Assessment reports are compiled to provide a summary of student learning on WSU’s Learning Goals in the context of the UCORE curriculum at the near-graduation level. 1Note: Quantitative Reasoning, Scientific Literacy, and Diversity are optional in [CAPS] course reports, depending on the student project, discipline, and course. Click on the link below for the current summary of UCORE Capstone [CAPS] Course Assessment results.

For past summaries and additional information, see UCORE Capstone [CAPS] Course Assessment.

Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Assessment Results

Each year, beginning in 2012-13, Roots of Contemporary Issues Assessment results are compiled to provide a summary of student learning on the WSU Learning Goals at the first-year level. 2Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] assessment includes the Final Papers Assessment (aligned with Critical & Creative Thinking, Information Literacy, Communication, and Depth, Breadth, & Integration of Learning) and the Diversity & Inequality Papers Assessment (aligned with Diversity and Communication), conducted biennially in alternating years starting in AY 2016-17. Click on the links below for the current summaries of Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Assessment results.

For past summaries and additional information, see Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Assessment.

English 101 [WRTG] Assessment Results

The English 101 Pilot Holistic Skills Assessment is built on the longstanding practice of portfolio review sessions and discussion by English 101 instructors. AY 2017-18 was the first year the English 101 Pilot Holistic Skills Assessment was collected, intended to gauge student learning on written communication (a sub-goal of the Communication learning goal) for UCORE, as well as provide English 101 instructors with information for program improvement. Click on the link below for the current summary of English 101 Pilot Holistic Skills Assessment Project results.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Results

NSSE provides participating institutions with a variety of reports. WSU’s current and historic NSSE results are available on IR’s NSSE survey webpage

Questions on the NSSE survey (updated in 2013) also provide indirect evidence of student learning on six of the WSU Learning Goals at the first-year and senior levels. 3Note: NSSE questions mapped to Information Literacy are not part of the standard NSSE instrument and are only administered as part of certain optional topical modules. Click on the link below for the current summary of selected NSSE results mapped to the WSU Learning Goals.

As with any voluntary survey, response rates and the presence of non-response bias should be considered when evaluating NSSE results. Low response rates present a concern regarding the accuracy of the results as low response rates may impact how representative the results are. In other words, there is concern that those who did not respond (non-respondents) may have different views than those who did respond and therefore the results are not representative of the entire group.

For past summaries and additional information, see National Survey of Student Engagement.