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May 2018 Assignment Design Workshop Registration

The Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning (ATL) is pleased to offer an assignment design workshop this May, “Clearer Assignments Promote Better Student Work,” designed to assist instructors in designing and refining assignments to more effectively foster and assess student learning, while increasing possibilities for student success. A well-designed and transparent assignment can promote student learning by clarifying the purpose of the assignment for students, by decoding the tasks required to complete the assignment successfully, and specifying criteria for evaluation. » More …

2017 UCORE Assessment Summary of Student Achievement Available

The 2017 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 through 2017 and available to the UCORE Assessment subcommittee.  » More …

Student Learning at the First-Year and Senior Level: 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Results

As reported in the 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, results from the 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) indicated that 91% of seniors reported having “very much” or “quite a bit” of confidence in their ability to complete tasks requiring critical thinking and analysis of arguments and information. In addition to Critical and Creative Thinking, results from the 2017 NSSE also provided indirect evidence of student learning on Quantitative Reasoning, Communication, Diversity, and Depth, Breadth & Integration of Learning at the first-year and senior levels.  » More …

Using Assessment to Inform Decision-making in AY 2016-17 UCORE Capstone [CAPS] Courses

As part of AY 2016-17 [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 course in fall 2016 and spring 2017 based on assessments from previous semesters. Additionally, instructors teaching their [CAPS] course for the first time were asked if they planned to make any changes in future semesters based on assessments from this semester. Overall, 62% 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 2016-17 [CAPS] Course Assessment Results

As reported in the AY 2016-17 [CAPS] Course Assessment Reporting Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, assessment results indicated that 76% of students met or exceeded expectations at the graduating undergraduate level for Critical & Creative Thinking, 78% for Information Literacy, 79% for Depth, Breadth & Integration of Learning, and 76% 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, 80% for visual communication, 78% for Scientific Literacy, 86% for Diversity, and 79% for Quantitative Reasoning

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Final Papers Assessment Project Participation Influences Teaching and Learning in UCORE First-Year Experience [ROOT] Courses

Participation in assessment offers ways for faculty to think about student learning in the curriculum and about how to support it most effectively in their own classes. For example, rubric use and participation in norming sessions can deepen a common understanding of program goals among faculty, and, over time, can help focus instruction and improve communication and feedback to students. While difficult to capture, these impacts also accumulate and contribute over time to promoting student learning and more effective curriculum.  » More …

Assessing Student Learning at the First-Year Level: AY 2016-17 Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Final Papers Assessment Results

As reported in the AY 2016-17 [ROOT] Final Papers Assessment Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, assessment results indicated that, on average, 98% of first-year students partially met, 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 Critical & Creative Thinking. Additionally, 98% partially met, met or exceeded expectations for outcomes related to Information Literacy and 98% for written communication» More …

2016 UCORE Assessment Summary of Student Achievement Available

The 2016 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 the Baccalaureate, using data collected through 2016 and available to the UCORE Assessment subcommittee in Spring 2017.  » More …

May 2017 Assignment Design Workshops

The Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning (ATL) is pleased to offer two assignment design workshops this May, designed to assist instructors in designing and refining assignments to more effectively foster and assess student learning, while increasing possibilities for student success. Developing powerful, clear assignments is one of the most consequential intellectual tasks that faculty undertake in their work as educators. Assignments impact student learning, yet that work is often private and unavailable for collegial exchange and knowledge building.  » More …

Using National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Results at Multiple Levels to Improve the Student Experience

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) provides valuable data at WSU for undergraduate academic degree programs, departments, colleges, campuses and the university. NSSE results provide degree programs, departments and colleges with information about the student perspective to help continually improve the learning experience for students. WSU students’ NSSE responses have also helped the university understand what is going well in terms of student engagement, and areas that could improve.  » More …