Outcomes Assessment Process | Capital University


Outcomes Assessment Process

  • Regardless of whether student learning occurs in general education classes, major or minor classes, or co-curricular activities, assessing student learning outcomes is much the same. The first step is to identify what skills, abilities, or knowledge students gain through the program. While faculty and staff identify 5 – 12 outcomes for the program, only 2 or 3 outcomes are assessed each academic year.

    Once the student learning outcomes are articulated, we then identify ways to measure whether students have made progress on the learning outcome. Both qualitative and quantitative data can be used as measures.

    Examples of intended student outcomes and measurable criteria are presented below:

    English Student Learning Outcome
    English majors are able to demonstrate general acquaintance with literary history, including knowledge of chronology and periodization, knowledge of literary movements, and understanding of cultural and intellectual history.
    Measureable Criteria: 95% of participating majors will achieve at least 50% correct on the “literary history” items on the ETS majors test (2010 baseline = 42%).

    Music Student Learning Outcomes for Brass Instruments
    Brass majors play their instrument professionally and their articulation is precise and musically appropriate.
    Measurable Criteria: All participating brass majors will score at least a 92/100 on the “articulation” portion of the Instrumental jury rubric in the spring.

    Management & Leadership Student Learning Outcome
    Management & Leadership majors demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge and the ability to use concepts and tools from the major areas of business: accounting, economics, finance, human and organizational management, law, marketing, MIS, and operations management.
    Measurable Criteria: 80% of Capital teams participating in the MSI Foundation will place in the top half of teams competing nationally.

    Blackmore Library
    Students who receive instruction from the library will become adept at the skills associated with information literacy, including reference transactions and bibliographic documentation.
    Measurable Criteria: 90% of participating Capital undergraduate students will score at least a 95% on a bibliographic documentation exercise done in the library.

    Once the data are collected, faculty and staff analyze the data and then decide at the program level what changes or adjustments should be made – usually in what is taught or how it is taught.