Plans for gathering evidence of student learning include institution-wide, program and degree specific systems for how to assess student learning, the data collection tools and approaches used, and the expected timelines or cycles.
Faculty-led: General education — and its assessment — are overseen by the faculty committee for UCORE, with support from the Provost’s Office. UCORE established a specific subcommittee for assessment to handle the growing evidence from new programs and initiatives, and clarify priorities for UCORE assessment. An eight-year assessment plan charts the path ahead (see UCORE Assessment Plan, 2015-2023 below) and replaces the initial UCORE Assessment Plan, 2012-2015.
Assessment planning includes:
- Collecting assessment data on student learning in the context of the UCORE curriculum — using a mix of direct measures, indirect measures, and other indicators — in order to recognize strengths and recommend improvements in curriculum, pedagogy, faculty development, policies or other decisions intended to support learning in general education courses and curriculum.
- Supporting and improving meaningful and sustainable assessment processes for general education curriculum, courses and related support.
WSU’s 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.
|Institutional-level assessment and coordination||UCORE Capstone [CAPS] Course Assessment||Each semester|
|National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)||Biennial|
|Renewal of UCORE courses||Periodic, rotating|
|Assessment by key programs||Specific academic programs||Varies, as fits needs of the program|
|Assessment of individual courses||Instructors||Ongoing, for continual improvement of course design and instruction|