Student Learning Outcomes

We embrace a common set of student learning outcomes and we are accountable for sustained measurement of these outcomes

West Texas A&M University: 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

WTAMU

ASSESSMENT METHOD

The University requires an annual report of all learning assessment activity through a “home grown” electronic assessment reporting system. These annual assessment plans and reports show aligned learning outcomes, results, and actions taken for continuous quality improvement. In addition, the plans and reports are evaluated by the Office of Learning Assessment for planning, gathering of useful data, and progressive actions taken based on the results found.

A summary of all evaluation results are annual reported to the programs and administration.

RESULTS: 2014

Sufficient. A rubric scoring program assessment reports as either Exemplary, Acceptable, or Developing found that an overall 38% of programs submitted Exemplary reports and the remaining 62% were found acceptable. No programs submitted Developing reports.

ANALYSIS

While the evaluations of overall assessment reports yielded no developing scores, a more detailed breakdown of each of the six components of the assessment reports (mission, objectives, outcomes, methods, results, and actions) show that some components did not meet our criteria. We aim for 90% of programs to score either Exemplary or Acceptable on each component. The Mission component was met; the Objectives component was met; the Outcomes component was not met; the Methods component was not met; the Results component was not met; and the Actions component was not met. It was also found that the programs previously lacked sufficient feedback on their submitted reports to make significant changes to their assessment practices.

ACTION

The University hired a full time Assistant Vice President to head the Office of Learning Assessment in the Office of the Provost in the Fall of 2013. The Office of Learning Assessment’s primary function is to monitor, assist, and report the progress of all learning assessment at the University to the Office of the Provost. In addition, the Office of Learning Assessment hosts an assessment workshop per semester with the academic program directors to reinforce best practices throughout the University. Furthermore, through the Provost Office and the respective Deans, multiple changes have been made to support improvement through the use of empirical evidence.

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