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Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Assessment

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Introduction

Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] courses are foundational first-year experience courses for UCORE. The courses introduce students to five of WSU’s Seven Learning Goals of Undergraduate Education (Critical & Creative Thinking, Information LiteracyCommunication, Diversity, and Depth, Breadth & Integration of Learning) by asking students to explore and understand the historical and global roots of various issues facing the world today.

Assessment

Visual depiction of the NILOA Transparency Framework Current Assessment Activities Component.The Roots of Contemporary Issues Final Papers Assessment Project is intended to provide [ROOT] faculty with information for program improvement, as well as gauge student learning on three of the WSU Learning Goals (Critical & Creative Thinking, Information Literacy, and Communication in AY 2016-17) at the first-year level. Each academic year, beginning in AY 2012-13, [ROOT] faculty evaluate a random sample of students’ final research papers from all campuses using a faculty-developed rubric. The Roots of Contemporary Issues program, in collaboration with the WSU Libraries and Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning (ATL), coordinates the assessment, reporting and data analysis for the Roots of Contemporary Issues Final Papers Assessment Project. 

Evidence of Student Learning

Visual depiction of the NILOA Transparency Framework Evidence of Student Learning Component.Each year, the Roots of Contemporary Issues Final Papers Assessment Project results are compiled to provide a summary of student learning on three of the WSU Learning Goals at the first-year level. Click on the links below for current and past summaries of Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Assessment results.

Uses of Assessment

Visual depiction of the NILOA Transparency Framework Use of Student Learning Evidence Component.The Roots of Contemporary Issues Steering Committee and faculty review the Final Papers Assessment Project results each year and suggest actions for improved assessment or use to inform decision-making. The Roots of Contemporary Issues program also works closely with the WSU Libraries’ research services librarians to use assessment to develop and refine information literacy curriculum. For more information about this partnership, see Research Services Librarians Conduct and Use Information Literacy Assessment.

Below are some examples of how student learning evidence from the Roots of Contemporary Issues Final Papers Assessment Project contributes to decision making intended to support student learning and quality educational programs, including general education.