TAMU System Student Learning Outcome–Discipline Specific Knowledge
The Texas A&M University System delivers a common set/embraces a common view of important outcomes and is accountable for sustained measurement.
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.
Upon graduation, students will demonstrate mastery of the depth of knowledge required for their respective degrees.
All criteria met and results exceed expectations with little room for improvement.
Most criteria met and results indicate mastery of objective with some room for improvement.
Acceptable number of criteria met and results meet expectations with room for improvement.
Some criteria met and results indicate need for improvement.
Few criteria met; results indicate need for significant improvement or no/insufficient results reported to measure performance of objective.
Direct Measures include: Capstone Assignments, Comprehensive Exams, Licensure Exams, Performances, Portfolios, Pre/Post Tests, Presentations, Written Projects, and Standardized Tests (including Major Field Tests).
70% proficient or sufficient
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).
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.
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.