Ongoing Assessment Programs

The development of consistent and sustainable cycles for the assessment of student learning are foundational to the assessment program in the academic division.

Assessment of General Education/Core Curriculum

The current general education program is primarily assessed via indirect student survey responses included in the course evaluation questions. Each year, the Core Curriculum Committee designates one ILO to be included for review by students. In addition, some departments collect data on the General Education element outcome they have designated.

Current General Education Program

Integrative Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
ILO Indirect Assessment Results
Element Student Learning Data

Revised Core Curriculum Planning

Recommendations
Core Curriculum Committee (CCC) Initiatives 2019-2020

By the end of the 2021-22 academic year, the Core Curriculum Committee will establish newly revised learning outcomes for each key element of the Core, accompanied by a curriculum map and assessment plan built on a 3-year cycle for implementation and progression.

Assessment within the Major

All programs assess student learning via designated program-level learning outcomes. Programs submit annual reports that summarize student learning goals, assessment strategies, and actions taken as a result of assessment findings. This information is used by departments to modify curricula to best support successful student learning and to contribute to the seven-year program review process.

This academic year will be forever in the category of “unprecedented” – the ongoing dynamic of the pandemic’s ebb and flow called for a complete academic year to be delivered in remote ways. Faculty continued to improvise in course redesign, response to students, and in how they were able to assess student learning. Certainly, this will be a years “with an asterisk” – likely not one that will provide us with comparable data. However, it has been emphasized that data can still be collected and reviewed/analyzed to see what students are up to.

Importantly, though, PLU did complete a virtual site visit from the NWCCU in April 2021. Academic assessment was represented by two cast studies: Biology and FYEP. The reviewers mentioned early on that there was a strong “culture of assessment” evidenced as they spoke with students and faculty alike. Last year we saw a goal focused on the implementation of a supportive infrastructure for assessment work in the academic year; clearly, the NWCCU report affirmed that this was, indeed, successfully in place.

The Assessment website was revised, making key resources available to support faculty as they continue their design and implementation process.

Assessment within the Minor

Students who choose to complete a minor see a wide range of options for completing these requirements; rarely are there required common courses. To assess the overall outcomes of the minor, students complete a survey reflecting their personal goals for completing a minor.

Teaching and Course Feedback

At the end of each semester, students are invited to participate in online course evaluations for each enrolled course. Faculty, chairs, and deans use these results for immediate instructional improvement and as part of standard promotion and tenure procedures. These data are only used internally to department/division/school considerations.

Questions or comments?
Please contact the Office of the Provost (253)535-7126 or provost@plu.edu