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New Timeframe for Undergraduate Program Assessment Reporting

Based on thorough discussion with the Liaison Council for Undergraduate Assessment, Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement Mary Wack, and the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning, annual undergraduate program assessment reporting will be shifting to a calendar year cycle.

This change impacts the 2020 reports that undergraduate programs will be submitting, with an additional semester to transition to the new reporting timeframe. Programs will not submit a 2020 report this June; instead 2020 reports will be submitted during the new reporting window, Jan – Feb 2021, as described below. » More …

WSU-wide Summary of 2019 Undergraduate Degree Program Assessment Reports Available

In October, ATL provided Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement Mary Wack and Vice Provost for System Innovation and Policy Craig Parks with the 2019 WSU-wide Summary of Undergraduate Degree Program Assessment Reports.

WSU’s undergraduate degree programs report annually on their system of assessing student learning, a practice begun in 2009. Program-level assessment looks at student learning in a degree or program of study — focusing on the key skills and knowledge students should develop, as well as their experiences in the curriculum. Assessment helps faculty collaboratively develop, maintain, and improve an effective curriculum that promotes student learning. » More …

Accreditation Reaffirmed by NWCCU, WSU’s Next Steps Take Shape

Now that fall semester is in full swing and many faculty and administrators with assessment duties have kicked off another cycle of assessment, we in ATL find ourselves wrapping up 2018 undergraduate program assessment reporting. In doing so, we are reminded of the effort and dedication that goes into creating a viable system of assessment across all of WSU’s undergraduate programs.

We want to take a moment to recognize that, over the summer, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) reaffirmed WSU’s institutional accreditation; an acknowledgement that we, as a university, continue to meet or exceed criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. » More …

WSU-wide Summary of 2018 Undergraduate Degree Program Assessment Reports Available

In October, ATL presented Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Mary Wack and the Provost’s Accreditation, Assessment, and Academic Program Review Committee with the 2018 WSU-wide Summary of Undergraduate Degree Program Assessment Reports from all WSU undergraduate degrees.

WSU’s undergraduate degree programs report annually on their system of assessing student learning, a practice begun in 2009. Program-level assessment looks at student learning in a degree or program of study — focusing on the key skills and knowledge students should develop, as well as their experiences in the curriculum. Assessment helps faculty collaboratively develop, maintain and improve an effective curriculum that promotes student learning.  » More …

WSU-wide Summary of 2017 Undergraduate Degree Program Assessment Reports Available

In October, ATL presented Provost Dan Bernardo, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Erica Austin, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Mary Wack, and the Accreditation, Assessment, and Academic Program Review Committee with the 2017 WSU-wide Summary of Undergraduate Degree Program Assessment Reports from all WSU undergraduate degrees.  » More …

Summary of 2016 Annual Assessment Reports by Undergraduate Programs

In September, ATL presented Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Erica Austin and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Mary Wack with the 2016 summary of program assessment reports from all WSU undergraduate degrees.

WSU’s undergraduate degree programs report annually on their system of assessing student learning, a practice begun in 2009. Program-level assessment looks at student learning in a degree or program of study — focusing on the key skills and knowledge students should develop, as well as their experiences in the curriculum. Assessment helps faculty collaboratively develop, maintain and improve an effective curriculum that promotes student learning.  » More …

Summary of 2014 Annual Assessment Reports by Undergraduate Programs

ATL recently presented Provost Bernardo with the 2014 summary of undergraduate program assessment reports from 60 degree programs. As an overall trend, the annual reports indicate that undergraduate programs are making gradual, credible progress in systematizing assessment of student learning and using its results. In particular, many programs have strengthened student learning outcomes, enhanced existing curriculum maps, and continue to include assessment results in their decision-making about curriculum or instruction. » More …

Report by Provost’s Task Force on Assessment in Online Programs

The Provost’s Task Force on Assessment in Online Programs presented their report to Provost Bernardo and Vice Provost Wack on June 27, 2014. The Task Force inventoried program assessment practices in WSU’s 15 degrees offered online; inventory results and task force discussion created a snapshot of current strengths and challenges. The Provost’s Office will be working with the Global Campus, departments and colleges, and the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning (ATL) to implement several of the Task Force’s recommendations.

ATL looks forward to working with faculty and administration in the future to support useful and sustainable assessment of student learning, and to help WSU meet its standards for accreditation. For more information about the Task Force on Assessment in Online Programs, please contact ATL director, Kimberly Green.

2014 University Catalog Will Include Learning Outcomes for Each Degree

The 2014 WSU Catalog will include student learning outcomes for each degree offered at WSU. In April, the Registrar’s annual Call for Copy went out to WSU departments, with the request that each degree provide current student learning outcomes as part of the department’s information. For the catalog, many departments provide a condensed, narrative form of their student learning outcomes. » More …