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

As part of the Spring 2016 [CAPS] Course Assessment reporting, instructors were asked to indicate if they had made changes to their course in spring 2016 based on assessment from previous semesters. Overall, 39% of instructors indicated that they had made changes to their course in spring 2016 based on assessments from previous semesters. Most […]

Student Learning at the Senior-level: Spring 2016 [CAPS] Course Assessment Results

As reported in the Spring 2016 [CAPS] Course Assessment Reporting Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE (PDF), assessment results indicated that, in courses with primarily seniors, 83% of students met or exceeded expectations at the graduating undergraduate level for Critical & Creative Thinking, 88% for Information Literacy, 82% for Communication, and 83% for Depth, Breadth […]

Using Science Literacy Concept Inventory (SLCI) Results to Improve UCORE Courses

Science Literacy Concept Inventory (SLCI) results provide faculty with information about students’ grasp of science literacy. Wrong answers on the SLCI reveal students’ common misconceptions about science, information which can be used to direct and improve teaching related to science literacy. For example, responses to SLCI of students in a particular course may reveal that […]

Science Literacy at WSU: 2016 Science Literacy Concept Inventory (SLCI) Results

As reported in the 2016 Science Literacy Concept Inventory Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE (PDF), assessment results indicated that, overall, WSU seniors scored higher than first year students on all twelve science literacy concepts (average +12%) related to citizen level understanding. Composite results from 2013-2016 also indicated that overall SLCI scores at WSU were similar to […]

Faculty Work to Enhance Learning in Capstone Courses: Hutchings Workshop

WSU faculty had a unique opportunity over the summer to enhance high-impact culminating senior experiences for students. On May 25-26, WSU hosted a two-day workshop with Dr. Patricia Hutchings, senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), and previously senior scholar and vice president at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of […]

World History Association: ROOTS panel in Belgium

Roots of Contemporary Issues (RCI) faculty Jesse Spohnholz, Karen Phoenix, Aaron Whelchel, and Instruction and Assessment Librarian Corey Johnson presented at the annual meeting of the World History Association, in Ghent, Belgium, on July 4, 2016. The four presented in a panel, “Teaching Historical Understanding of Contemporary Global Issues at Washington State University: A Model for General Education,” laying […]

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Using Assessment to Inform Decision-making in [CAPS] Courses: 2015 [CAPS] Course Assessment Pilot

As part of the 2015 UCORE Capstone [CAPS] Course Assessment Report pilot, [CAPS] instructors were asked to describe if they planned to make any changes to their course, assignments, or assessment. Overall, 54% of instructors indicated that they planned to make changes to improve the [CAPS] course. 

Assignment Design Workshop: Registration Deadline April 25

WSU faculty teaching senior culminating academic experiences (often called capstones) for an undergraduate degree or UCORE are invited to a unique summer opportunity to explore integrative learning and assignment design. WSU is proud to host a two-day workshop with Dr. Patricia Hutchings, senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) and previously […]

Assessing Student Learning in [CAPS] Courses: 2015 UCORE Capstone [CAPS] Course Assessment Pilot Results

As reported in the 2015 [CAPS] Course Assessment Reporting Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE (PDF), pilot assessment results indicated that 79% of students met or exceeded expectations at the graduating undergraduate level for Critical & Creative Thinking, 79% for Communication, 81% for Information Literacy, and 81% for Depth, Breadth & Integration of Learning.

Student Learning at the First-Year Level: AY 2014-15 Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Final Papers Assessment Project Results

As reported in the AY 2014-15 [ROOT] Final Papers Assessment Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE (PDF), assessment results indicated that 97% 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, 96% […]