Student Learning Outcomes

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Texas A&M University Central Texas: Globalization & Diversity

Texas A&M University System Student Learning Outcome–Globalization & Diversity

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.

GLOBALIZATION & DIVERSITY LEARNING OUTCOME:

Upon completion of their degree program, students will be able to analyze the impact of multiple factors on the interconnectedness of diverse peoples in the global environment.

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

TAMUCT

ASSESSMENT METHOD

2015 National Survey of Student Engagement - Global Perspectives Topical Module

RESULTS: 2015

Sufficient

ANALYSIS

A&M-Central Texas is one of the most culturally diverse universities in the State of Texas. Furthermore, because of the number of military students and families that attend the institution, many students from A&M-Central Texas have experienced the interconnectedness of diverse peoples. To analyze the impact of their social and academic experiences on their ability to develop a global perspective, the institution surveyed its graduating senior students in 2014-2015 using the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The focus of this analysis is the NSSE topic module - Global Perspective. NSSE's Goal Perspective module is a shorter version of the Global Perspectives Inventory (GPI). The module focuses on the cognitive and social elements of a global perspective. When compared to the other universities (N=101) who participated in the Global Perspectives module, A&M-Central Texas seniors provided, on average, statistically different answers on five of the twenty-one questions. On each of these questions, the differences related to respondents from A&M-Central Texas being more accepting of diverse peoples than the average student from the participating institutions. For instance, 45% of the respondents from A&M-Central Texas indicated that they disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement: “Most of my friends are from my own ethnic background”. 28% of the students from the other participating institutions responded in a similar manner.

ACTION

The Central Texas is a very diverse region. For instance, according to ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates for Killeen, Texas (2013 American Community Survey Estimates), only 33.1% of the population identifies as White only. Therefore, as the institution looks to enhance students’ ability to analyze the impact of multiple factors on the interconnectedness of diverse peoples in the global environment, A&M-Central Texas will be placing increasing focus on becoming a leader in community engagement and community based research. Combined, these areas are one of the five priorities in the institution’s academic master plan. By integrating community issues into classes, research, and service opportunities, students will be able to analyze diversity issues at multiple levels. Furthermore, through increased study aboard initiatives, students will get a chance to contrast issues that may occur both here and abroad.

COMMENTS

A&M-Central Texas plans to repeat this analysis every two years.

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