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.
• National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
• Individual Development of Educational Assessment (IDEA)
• Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) Rubrics
• ETS HEIghten
Overall - Sufficient
• NSSE Personal Code - Proficient
• NSSE Informed and Active Citizen - Proficient
• IDEA Personal Values - Sufficient
• VALUE Rubric Civic Engagement - Emerging
• VALUE Rubric Ethical Reasoning - Proficient
• HEIghten Civic Competency and Engagement - Sufficient
The university employs a wide array of instruments to assess this critical outcome with results ranging from Proficient to Emerging. Overall, these assessments indicate students proficiently achieve the ethical and social responsibility skills of their academic programs upon completing the degree programs at the university.
The University continues to find ways to include affective components in existing program outcomes with the belief the attainment of ethics is best accomplished when integrated into our educational programs. In 2016, the University established a Service Learning Advisory Board (SLAB) charged with reviewing existing proposed course for designation as service-learning courses. Once designated, sections of these courses may include service learning components. These sections include social responsibility objectives.
We strive to ensure our students are exposed to ethical decision-making opportunities and attain a strong sense of social responsibility while enrolled in their undergraduate programs. A&M-Central Texas was selected as one of 20 universities to be a part of AASCU's American Democracy Project's Economic Inequality Initiative. The University continues its lecture series as part of this initiative on inequality and youth homelessness. In 2018, the College of Business Administration gained approval to offer its Master of Science in One Planet Leadership in cooperation with the global OPEN initiative. The degree includes outcomes for sustainability, social responsibility, and ethics. The college is working to include these types of outcomes into undergraduate feeder programs. These initiatives are anticipated to further the attainment of the ethical and social responsibility outcome.
2015 National Survey of Student Engagement - Global Perspectives Topical Module
A&M-Central Texas strives to help its entire student body develop a personal code of values and ethics. To analyze the impact of the institution’s efforts in this area, the institution surveyed its 14-15 seniors using the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Overall, A&M-Central Texas seniors indicated substantial growth in this area. 65% of A&M-Central Texas seniors responding to the survey reported that their experiences at the institution has contributed “very much” or “quite a bite” to their knowledge, skills, and personal development in the area of values and ethics.
As part of the institution’s curricular review process, academic programs are beginning to integrate ethical reasoning into programs. For instance, as part of its efforts to become accredited by AACSB, every business program is incorporating additional ethical reasoning aspects to their curriculum. Furthermore, A&M-Central Texas was selected as one of 20 universities to be a part of AASCU's American Democracy Project's Economic Inequality Initiative. As part of this initiative, a 6-part lecture series was held on inequality and youth homelessness.
The institution is looking at additional measures to expand its analysis of ethical reasoning