Program assessment is essential to ensure that our programs meet professional standards, continue to improve toward academic excellence, strengthen our various higher learning accreditation requirements, and best serve our students. Student mastery of the baccalaureate General Education Core competencies is to be achieved and demonstrated in the senior capstone course.
The General Education Coordinating Committee has transformed the definitions of the four Baccalaureate Competencies and information literacy into General Education Core Templates Rubrics. These are qualitative and quantitative ways to gauge — on a university-wide level — student achievement of the competencies. Faculty may elect to use the templates as written, or to use them as guides to develop discipline-specific rubrics for the capstone. The General Education Coordinating Committee showcases exemplary discipline-specific rubrics to provide guidance to faculty as they continue to work to refine their rubrics. A directory of rubric examples and a source list of rubric links can also help in defining or improving assessment tools.
The University compiles the results for each capstone assessment rubrics at the University and at the college level:
Data from the capstone assessment will be reviewed in annual college assessment meetings. These meetings will offer an opportunity for the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Affairs to meet with an appropriate mix of college faculty and administrators to generate ideas for continuous program improvement:
After all college meetings are completed, a University General Education Core assessment report is shared with senior capstone course faculty, designated General Education Core faculty representatives, and appropriate college administrators. All assessment reports are posted each year on this website.