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Assessment of Outcomes

It is not expected that all of these outcomes can be achieved in a short amount of time, or will be addressed simultaneously.  It is anticipated that each year departments and colleges will select particular outcomes to address.  Tools to measure the achievement of these outcomes will need to be developed by the departments, colleges, and the University, as appropriate.  It is important to coordinate these developments so that resources are not wasted on duplicate efforts.

Statistics currently gathered by the University that could be used for this purpose include:

  • yearly retention statistics (to measure Outcome I)
  • time to graduation measures (Outcome I)
  • overall GPA (Outcome I)
  • GPA in major (Outcome I)
  • data from national studies, like YFCY (Your First College Year) or NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement), conducted by the University (All Outcomes)

Tools and reports that could be developed by the University include:

  • web-based personalized roadmaps to be stored on college servers (to measure Outcome I)
  • data to measure continuous enrollment (Outcome I)
  • degree audit reports that flag courses not required by the degree plan (Outcome I)
  • reports on "late" requests for grad checks and applications for graduation (Outcome I)
  • list of students who have changed into and out of major (Outcome II)
  • annual reports on visits (physical or hits on website) to Career Center, CAPS, health services, library, UWC, LRC, MaSH, cultural centers, etc. (Outcome IV)
  • number of faculty completing University sponsored advising workshops (Outcome VI)

Tools and reports that could be developed by the colleges and departments include:

  • number, type, and resolution of petitions submitted by majors (Outcome I)
  • number of activities sponsored by departments/colleges and attendance at the activities (Outcome III)
  • interview and/or survey administered at end of first year as well as possibly at the end of the senior year (Outcomes II , III, and IV)
  • embedded questions or assignments in selected classes and rubric for evaluating work (Outcomes IV and V)
  • number of faculty completing department and/or college sponsored advising workshops (Outcome VI)
  • data collected as part of department advising program assessment (Outcome VI)