Student Learning Outcomes

We embrace a common set of student learning outcomes and we are accountable for sustained measurement of these outcomes

Texas A&M International University: Communication

Texas A&M University System Student Learning Outcome–Communication

The Texas A&M University System delivers a common set/embraces a common view of important outcomes and is accountable for sustained measurement.

Institutional Effectiveness:

For all TAMU System universities, the rationale for assessing student learning outcomes (SLOs) originates primarily from efforts to maintain institutional effectiveness, which is defined as a process of identifying outcomes, assessing the extent to which they are achieved, and providing evidence of improvement based on their analysis.

COMMUNICATION LEARNING OUTCOME:

Upon completion of their degree program, students will be able to express ideas clearly and coherently orally, in writing, and electronically to a diverse range of audiences and interact with others in large and small group settings.

Generic Descriptions of Campus Assessment Results:

EXEMPLARY
All criteria met and results exceed expectations with little room for improvement.

PROFICIENT
Most criteria met and results indicate mastery of objective with some room for improvement.

SUFFICIENT
Acceptable number of criteria met and results meet expectations with room for improvement.

EMERGING
Some criteria met and results indicate need for improvement.

INSUFFICIENT
Few criteria met; results indicate need for significant improvement or no/insufficient results reported to measure performance of objective.

UNIVERSITY

TAMIU

ASSESSMENT METHOD

Assessment of student artifacts from Writing Intensive (WIN) classes using the Analytical Writing Rubric developed by TAMIU faculty.

RESULTS: 2016

Overall: Midway between sufficient and proficient (2.5 on a 0-4 scale)

Upper level (3000+) students: overall score of 2.8 on a 0-4 scale

ANALYSIS

Overall scores for all students across multiple disciplines and course levels (from strongest to weakest performance):

Focus: 2.72
Organization & Development: 2.62
Style and Sentence Structure: 2.59
Grammar & Mechanics: 2.43
Research: 2.05

Scores for students in upper level courses:

Style and Sentence Structure: 2.99
Focus: 2.88
Organization & Development: 2.77
Grammar & Mechanics: 2.70
Research: 2.68

ACTION

The core curriculum committee is currently reviewing this rubric as TAMIU transitions to using modified VALUE rubrics to assess the core in an effort to generate more meaningful and accurate assessment data.

In Spring 2016, a modified written communication VALUE rubric will be used to assess student work for the core curriculum. In Fall 2017, dimensions of the rubric will be used to assess artifacts from upper level courses associated with our new QEP. Additionally, the IE staff is working with individual academic programs to incorporate VALUE rubrics in capstone courses in order to begin building longitudinal data across disciplines. Rubric calibration sessions will be held in the spring.

COMMENTS

The same rubric was used to assess student work in 2013. Overall, average scores for each performance indicator have decreased over time. This is likely not a reflection of true student performance, but of faculty's calibration, and more consistent application, of the rubric. .

2016 scores have also been disaggregated by course level. Results suggest that, while students make gains in all writing areas, they most improve in research and style during their time at TAMIU.

UNIVERSITY

TAMIU

ASSESSMENT METHOD

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

RESULTS 2016

Proficient

ANALYSIS

83% of seniors reported that their educational experience at TAMIU prepared them "very much" or "quite a bit" to write clearly & effectively.

ACTION

We had a fairly low response rate on the 2016 NSSE. To ensure we capture more student voices, we have included the following new indirect measure of communication on our Graduating Student Survey w/ a five point response scale:
"As a result of studying at TAMIU, how much progress do you feel you have made expressing ideas clearly in writing?"

COMMENTS

The 2016 results are fairly consistent with the 2013 results (where 81% of seniors responded in the same way).

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