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 completion of their degree program, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of and use ethical reasoning for responsible personal and professional decision-making in a culturally and ethnically diverse world.
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.
Assessment of Ethical Decision-Making & Social Responsibility at TAMU-T currently includes: (a) course-embedded assessments of student artifacts using the Ethical Reasoning LEAP VALUE rubric; (b) results from Outcomes Assessment for program learning outcomes in undergraduate majors that aligned with Ethical Decision-Making & Social Responsibility; (c) results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) on items aligned with Ethical Decision-Making & Social Responsibility; and (d) results from our Graduating Student Survey (GSS) on items aligned with Ethical Decision-Making & Social Responsibility.
Results of course-embedded assessments revealed mean scores ranging from 1.19 to 1.57 on all rubric criteria. Results from discipline-specific outcomes assessment showed students met or exceeded standards set by the programs. For the NSSE, 67% of students indicated that TAMU-T contributed "Very Much" or "Quite a Bit" towards their ability to understand people of other backgrounds, in addition to 70% of students on an item focused on the development of a personal code of values and ethics. Results from the GSS indicated that the percentage of students who Agreed or Strongly Agreed that TAMU-T contributed to their development of various competencies was: (a) 76.4% on an item aligned with understanding multiple cultural perspectives; and (b) 88.2% on an item aligned with understanding social and ethical challenges.
Overall, these results indicate that student performance is sufficient at TAMU-T. For the direct assessment of student artifacts, students meet the acceptable performance standard (which is set as achieving a mean score of 1.0 or higher on all rubric criteria). Since these artifacts were taken from freshmen classes, a 1 indicates acceptable student performance developmentally for first-year students. For the indirect assessments, students mostly met the standard (which is currently set at 70% for both the NSSE and the GSS). Furthermore, in majors programs, seniors met or exceeded the standards set by their programs in discipline-specific assessments.
1) We will continue to use the Ethical Reasoning LEAP VALUE rubric for future Ethical Decision-Making & Cultural Diversity assessment of student artifacts; 2) We will work with program faculty to articulate the impact of Ethical Decision-Making & Social Responsibility within their majors; 3) Training materials, workshops, or other resources will be developed and/or planned to help increase or maintain faculty competency of Ethical Decision-Making & Social Responsibility (and assessment approaches to Ethical Decision-Making & Social Responsibility). Special emphasis will be placed on clearly demonstrating what acceptable "fit" between the assignment parameters of course-embedded assessments and the characteristics of the Ethical Reasoning LEAP VALUE rubric look like; and 4) We will continue to use the NSSE and GSS.
In addition to the NSSE and GSS, we will soon begin using the Global Perspective Inventory (GPI) to provide an additional indirect assessment source for Ethical Decision-Making & Social Responsibility. We will also expand options for the direct assessment of Ethical Decision-Making & Social Responsibility within majors, beginning with research on options such as the Global Awareness Profile.