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Assessment Initiatives

2017-18

Writing
  • PLC Chair, Dr. Lars Soderlund (Writing)
  • PLC is in formation; contact Erin Baumgartner (baumgare@wou.edu) if you are interested in serving
  • Goals (forthcoming)
Inquiry & Analysis
  • PLC Chair, Dr. Melinda Shimizu (Earth Science)
  • PLC is in formation; contact Erin Baumgartner (baumgare@wou.edu) if you are interested in serving
  • Goals (forthcoming)
Applied & Collaborative Learning
  • Tentative plan is for assessment of Applied and Collaborative Learning to happen within the context of the Graduate Committee in 2017-18

2016-17

Quantitative Literacy Professional Learning Community

Goals

  • Alignment and assessment:  Examine the level of quantitative literacy among WOU undergraduates by collaboratively reviewing student work in courses aligned with the Quantitative Literacy outcome.
  • Curricular innovation and collaboration:  As an interdisciplinary group, develop, pilot and assess a new college mathematics course to satisfy BS requirements and serve students in natural sciences, social sciences and pre-professional fields who will not take calculus.

Updates

  • General education MTH and CS courses, Q-designated courses, and courses that choose Q as primary ULO’s will be added to the Quantitative Literacy Moodle page so instructors can submit two samples of student work from an assignment that gave students the opportunity to demonstrate quantitative literacy skills.
  • Supporting documents:  TimelineQuantitative Literacy at WOU (Faculty Senate Presentation, Spring 2015), PLC 9-23-16 Minutes, PLC 10-21-16 Minutes, 12-2-16 Open House for QL PLC
  • In Winter and Spring meetings, QL PLC has been refining its process and reviewing student work submitted from almost 60 courses with Quantitative Literacy as the primary ULO.
Graduate Outcomes:  Writing

Goals

  • Collaboration and assessment:  A pilot to examine the level of writing skills among graduates of WOU’s graduate programs by collaboratively reviewing student exit projects and other written work aligned with the Graduate Writing standard.
  • Innovation and improvement:  Identify and pilot cross-disciplinary strategies to strengthen writing abilities of WOU graduate students.
  • Supporting documents: Review of student work (6/14/17), Background, TimelineDegree Qualifications Profile
Graduate Outcomes:  Analytic Inquiry 

Goal

  • Collaboration and assessment:  A pilot to examine the level of analytic inquiry skill among graduates of WOU’s graduate programs by collaboratively reviewing student exit projects and other work that reflects student ability to “disaggregate, reformulate and adapt principal ideas, techniques or methods at the forefront of the field of study in carrying out an essay or project”  (Degree Qualifications Profile).  The working group agreed upon this rubric for Analytic Inquiry.  The group collected student work on Analytic Inquiry and will review that work in Fall 2017.
  • Supporting documents:  Timeline
 

CONTACT US

Sue Monahan, Associate Provost for Academic Effectiveness

503-838-9216 | or e-mail: smonahan@wou.edu  | Location: ITC 205C