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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement UCORE Assessment

Assessment Planning

Assessment Planning

Visual depiction of the NILOA Transparency Framework Assessment Planning Component.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.

TypeLed ByAssessmentsTimeline/Cycles
Institutional-level assessment and coordination
  • UCORE committee and leadership
  • Faculty representatives
  • Office of the Provost
  • Office of Assessment for Curricular Effectiveness (ACE)
  • Office of Institutional Research (IR)
UCORE Capstone [CAPS] Course AssessmentEach semester
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)Biennial
Renewal of UCORE coursesPeriodic, rotating
Assessment by key programsSpecific academic programs
  • Roots of Contemporary Issues
  • English Composition
  • Other
Varies, as fits needs of the program
Assessment of individual coursesInstructors
  • Senior Capstone Courses
  • Foundational Courses (e.g. Engl 101, Comm 102)
  • Other
Ongoing, for continual improvement of course design and instruction

UCORE Assessment Plan, 2015‑2023

Full UCORE Assessment Plan — Downloadable PDF

Map of UCORE Requirement Areas

Thumbnail of the Map of UCORE Requirement Areas.

UCORE Requirement Areas Map — Downloadable PDF