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: Critical Thinking

Texas A&M University System Student Learning Outcome–Critical Thinking

Bold statement:

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.

CRITICAL THINKING/PROBLEM SOLVING LEARNING OUTCOME:

Upon completion of their degree program, students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking, including the ability to explain issues; find, analyze, and select appropriate evidence; and construct a cogent argument that articulates conclusions and their consequences. Students will be able to utilize, qualitative and quantitative reasoning as a base for problem solving.

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

CLA+

RESULTS: 2016

Emerging

ANALYSIS

In Fall 2015, 90 seniors took the CLA+. The total CLA+ score was 1068 which corresponds to a Mastery Level of Basic (the second of five levels).

ACTION

The sample of students who took the exam was not representative of all seniors and primarily consisted of biology students. Therefore, a critical thinking exam will be administered in Spring 2016 to a random sample of students in capstone classes. The QEP committte is currently reassessing whether the CLA+ is the best instrument to measure critical thinking and is reviewing alternatives. The CLA+ is long and reading-intensive. Therefore, fatigue and language/reading skills may currently be conflated with critical thinking skills.

COMMENTS

Results from Fall 2013 CLA+ administration were similar, with seniors performing at an overall Basic level.

UNIVERSITY

TAMIU

ASSESSMENT METHOD

Number of academic programs with at least one SLO related to critical thinking.

RESULTS 2016

Sufficient

ANALYSIS

75% of academic programs assessed during 2015-2016 had an SLO related to critical thinking and problem solving skills.

ACTION

Our new QEP emphasizes critical thinking through undergraduate research. Over the next couple of years, faculty will develop and implement required, 3000-level, Critical Thinking Enhanced (CTE) courses. A modified Inquiry and Analysis VALUE rubric has been developed to assess learning in these courses. Faculty will attend rubric calibration sessions to increase scoring reliability. The introduction of these rubrics will allow for a more consistent measurement of critical thinking across disciplines.

COMMENTS

This is new measure and cannot be compared to 2013 data.

UNIVERSITY

TAMIU

ASSESSMENT METHOD

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

RESULTS 2016

Proficient

ANALYSIS

92% of seniors reported that their educational experience at TAMIU prepared them "very much" or "quite a bit" to think critically and analytically.

ACTION

Results from the CLA+ and NSSE suggest that there is a gulf between students' perceptions of their critical thinking skills and their actual skills. We are currently investigating assessment software with a student-facing view in order to improve communication with students about their assessment results.

COMMENTS

This represents an increase from 2013 when 85% of seniors responded in kind to the same question.

Information by System Members
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Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Texas A&M University Kingsville
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Texas A&M University Commerce
Texas A&M University Texarkana
Texas A&M University Central Texas
Texas A&M University San Antonio
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