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 University Corpus Christi: Discipline Specific

TAMU System Student Learning Outcome–Discipline Specific Knowledge

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.

Discipline Specific Knowledge Outcome:

Upon graduation, students will demonstrate mastery of the depth of knowledge required for their respective degrees.

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

TAMUCC

Assessment Method

Direct Measures include: Capstone Assignments, Comprehensive Exams, Licensure Exams, Performances, Portfolios, Pre/Post Tests, Presentations, Written Projects, and Standardized Tests (including Major Field Tests).

Results: 2014

15% exemplary
70% proficient or sufficient
15% emerging

Analysis

Approximately 30 undergraduate degree-granting programs in the five colleges reported 74 different measures of discipline specific knowledge at graduation, including tests, licensure exams, capstone projects, portfolios, performances, and presentations.

Criteria focused on demonstration of the knowledge and competencies related to each particular program. In many cases, these include communication and thinking skills. All were assessed for disciplinary knowledge based on disciplinary standards and expectations, and/or external measures of competence for licensure in a particular career.

All incoming students under 21 take the Alcohol Wise online course before the second semester. 1082 Islanders took the course in 2013-2014. Pre and post-test results show a 29 point improvement (national average is 27 points).

Action

1.) A university-wide Assessment Committee is reviewing assessment reports and performing other assessment-related tasks.

2.) Assessment and Continuous Improvement Office is assisting with the assessment and reporting of discipline specific knowledge. EmpowerU objectives will be listed in WEAVE.

3. Center for Faculty Excellence will provide assessment assistance.

4)Alcohol Wise will continue to be administered.

Comments

Many programs have multiple direct measures of student learning. These measures vary in terms of how connected they are to coursework (MFT versus a capstone project or juried performance). Faculty and programs devote significant time to mentoring, reviewing, and evaluating graduating student performance/work.

Information by System Members
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