Assessment Planning

Visual depiction of the NILOA Transparency Framework Assessment Planning Component.

Plans for gathering evidence of student learning include institution-wide, program, and course specific systems for how to assess student learning, the data collection tools and approaches used, and the expected timelines or cycles. See the UCORE Assessment Plan below. 

Faculty-led: UCORE general education — and its assessment — are overseen by the UCORE Director and UCORE Committee, with support from the Provost’s Office. In 2016, UCORE established a Subcommittee for Assessment to handle the growing evidence from new programs and initiatives, and clarify priorities for UCORE Assessment. 

Assessment planning includes:

  • Collecting assessment data on student learning in the context of the UCORE curriculum — using a mix of direct and indirect measures — in order to recognize strengths and recommend improvements in curriculum, pedagogy, faculty development, policies, or other decisions intended to support learning in the general education curriculum and courses.
  • Supporting and improving meaningful and sustainable assessment processes for the UCORE general education curriculum, courses, and related support.


WSU’s UCORE general education—and its assessment—is designed to complement and integrate with curricula, courses, and instruction in the departments and academic programs. WSU’s system for meaningful and sustainable assessment in general education is designed to implement in our local context good practices identified by Dr. Barbara Walvoord and other scholars.


Led By



Institutional-level assessment and coordination

  • UCORE leadership and committees
  • Faculty representatives
  • Office of the Provost
  • Office of Assessment for Curricular Effectiveness (ACE)
  • Office of Institutional Research (IR)

Capstone [CAPS] Assessment for UCORE

Each semester

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)


Renewal of UCORE courses

Periodic, rotating

Assessment by key programs

Specific academic programs

  • Roots of Contemporary Issues
  • English Composition
  • Other

Varies, as fits needs of the program

Assessment of individual courses


  • Senior Capstone Courses
  • Foundational Courses (e.g. Engl 101, Comm 102)
  • Other

Ongoing, for continual improvement of course design and instruction