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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement UCORE Assessment

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 …

Assessing Student Learning at the First-Year Level: AY 2018-19 Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Final Papers Assessment Results

As reported in the AY 2018-19 [ROOT] Final Papers Assessment Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, assessment results indicated that, on average, 67% 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, on average, 66% met or exceeded expectations for outcomes related to Depth, Breadth, & Integration of Learning» 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 …

NWCCU Compliments UCORE Assessment, Reaffirms WSU’s Accreditation

Over the summer, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) reaffirmed WSU’s institutional accreditation; an acknowledgement that we, as a university, continue to meet or exceed criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. NWCCU also commended WSU’s work in assessment, especially the assessment of the learning outcomes of the UCORE general education requirements.  » More …

Assessing Diversity Achievement at the First-Year Level: AY 2017-18 Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Diversity & Inequality Papers Assessment Results

As reported in the AY 2017-18 [ROOT] Diversity & Inequality Papers Assessment Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, assessment results indicated that, on average, 70% 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, 77% met or exceeded expectations for outcomes related to written communication» More …

Using Assessment to Inform Decision-making in AY 2017-18 UCORE Capstone [CAPS] Courses

As part of AY 2017-18 [CAPS] Course Assessment reporting, instructors who indicated they had taught their [CAPS] course before were asked to report if they had made any changes to their courses based on assessments from previous semesters. Additionally, instructors indicating that they would be teaching their [CAPS] course again in the future were asked if they planned to make any changes based on assessments from this semester. Overall, 68% of instructors indicated that they had made or planned to make a change to their course based on assessment» More …

Student Learning on WSU’s Seven Learning Goals: AY 2017-18 [CAPS] Course Assessment Results

As reported in the AY 2017-18 [CAPS] Course Assessment Reporting Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, assessment results indicated that 78% of students met or exceeded expectations at the graduating undergraduate level for Critical & Creative Thinking, 79% for Information Literacy, 79% for Depth, Breadth & Integration of Learning, and 78% for written communication. In courses where faculty members found enough elements to evaluate student learning on additional learning goals, instructors indicated that 83% of the students met or exceeded expectations for oral communication, 86% for visual communication, 84% for Scientific Literacy, 87% for Diversity, and 78% for Quantitative Reasoning

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Student Learning at the Foundational Level: AY 2017-18 English 101 [WRTG] Pilot Holistic Skills Assessment

Last academic year, 24 English 101 instructors participated in a pilot Holistic Skills Assessment Project to gauge student learning on written communication (a sub-goal of the Communication learning goal) for UCORE, as well as provide English 101 faculty with information for program development. As reported in the AY 2017-18 English 101 Holistic Skills Assessment Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, pilot 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 …