Outcomes Assessment | Capital University


Outcomes Assessment

  • Capital University is described as a “teaching and learning” institution where the faculty is encouraged to place more emphasis on student learning/success than their own intensive, discipline-specific research. A direct result of this is a focus on effective course design, as well as student learning outcomes assessment. While student learning occurs in a variety of ways and formats across the University, the faculty view student progress as taking place through courses, out-of-class learning experiences, and ultimately, through programs of study.

    There are three main avenues, or paths, at Capital that take students along the course of learning and mastering intended outcomes:

    • General Education (Overarching outcomes common to students across programs)
    • Program-Specific Education (Individual program objectives/expectations for student learning)
    • Extra-Curricular Activities (Elective, ungraded activities that are believed to make up a fair portion of the “college experience.”)

    Outcomes assessment is the process we employ to help us answer the question, “What impact, if any, are our programs having on students? Also, “What intended or deliberate outcomes do we expect from students as they make their way through these processes?” Assessment exists generally for the purposes of accountability (e.g. accreditation) and continuous improvement (e.g. a professionally self-reflective process for faculty/staff).

    Outcomes Assessment Resources

    Outcomes Assessment Process at Capital
    Key Assessment Terminology
    Resources and Links for Program Outcomes Assessment