Efficient Assessment of Senior Majors: Aligning Grading Rubrics with Program Learning Outcomes (Neuroscience)

An effective system of assessing student learning includes measures at the senior level, near graduation, providing information about what students are able to achieve at the end of the program. For many undergraduate programs, senior-level direct measures connect with a culminating course where students demonstrate skills and knowledge in their chosen academic field. For the […]

An Effective Infrastructure that Supports Program-level Assessment (Human Development)

Infrastructure for program assessment, including communication pathways, helps make evidence of student learning readily available for faculty and departments to use in decision-making. WSU’s Department of Human Development has developed its process of conducting and using undergraduate program assessment over many years and, as a result, was selected by WSU as a program assessment case […]

WSU Expectations and Guidance for AY 2021-22 Undergraduate Program Assessment

This academic year, WSU recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic context & impacts remain fluid and unpredictable, and that faculty, staff & students continue to manage concerns at work and home. As a result, there may be variation in the assessment that programs can accomplish this academic year. Below are expectations and guidance for undergraduate program […]

WSU-wide Summary of 2020 Undergraduate Degree Program Assessment Reports Available

WSU’s undergraduate degree programs report annually on their system of assessing student learning, a practice begun in 2009. In August, ACE provided Interim Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement Bill Davis with the 2020 WSU-wide Summary of Undergraduate Degree Program Assessment Reports.

WSU Expectations and Guidance for AY 2020-21 Undergraduate Program Assessment

This academic year, WSU recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic context & impacts remain fluid and unpredictable, and that faculty, staff & students are managing many concerns at work and home. As a result, there will be wide variation in the assessment programs can accomplish. Below are university expectations and guidance for undergraduate program assessment this […]

New Unit Name, Mission Statement, and Website: ATL is now the Office of Assessment for Curricular Effectiveness (ACE)

As the academic year unfolds, our office will be working under a new name, as the Office of Assessment for Curricular Effectiveness (ACE), formerly the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning (ATL). “Our unit’s new name recognizes that program-level assessment at WSU has matured over the past ten years,” explains ACE Director Kimberly Green. […]

WSU EPPM Updated to Recognize Value of Program Assessment

Faculty Senate recently approved an update to university-wide assessment policy, making more explicit the value of genuine assessment of student learning, as a way to identify areas of weakness, as well as strengths, and help guide program improvement. The statement, added to the Educational Policies and Procedures Manual (EPPM, Section 11.4), also specifies that assessment […]

Sample Reflective Questions for Undergraduate Degree Program Assessment for Spring 2020

The unexpected COVID-19 outbreak, and resulting move to remote learning, means a disrupted and stressful semester with substantial challenges and changes to courses, teaching, and learning. As outlined in ATL’s Guidance and Priorities for Undergraduate Program Assessment for Spring 2020, programs may want to consider conducting alternative formative assessment activities, to help gauge the impacts […]

Guidance and Priorities for Undergraduate Program Assessment for Spring 2020

Recognizing the unexpected move to distance education means a disrupted and stressful semester, with substantial challenges to teaching and learning, this message offers guidance on undergraduate program assessment activities and flexible approaches to gather useful information, including how to set assessment priorities in the coming weeks. ATL developed this guidance in consultation with Vice Provost […]

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Brief Program Assessment Update for Spring 2020

ATL has received a few recent emails from assessment coordinators regarding program assessment expectations this semester. We appreciate that faculty are focused on moving courses online and meeting the needs of students as they return from spring break.  Once we have a clearer picture of how this semester will play out—with online instruction, operational shifts […]

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