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Academic Effectiveness at WOU

WOU Assessment Model

To achieve academic effectiveness at WOU, we:
  • Align: We coordinate our teaching efforts
  • Assess: We study learning as a community of scholars
  • Evolve: We use what we learn to improve
  • Shine: We celebrate our successes
Timely links
  • Extended deadline for all courses:  April 30, 2017.
  • Examples of course goals and an excellent resource for developing course goals
  • Updated Assessment Plans for Program Learning Outcomes due June 1, 2017Template
  • Glossary of terms
  • 2016-17 INITIATIVES

WOU’s undergraduate learning outcomes (ULO’s)

ULO’s, the future of jobs and what employers seek:  Click here

The civic case for a liberal and transformative education

The economic case for a liberal and transformative education

Alignment and assessment

Clarification of alignment tasks for Fall 2016 and Winter 2017:  Follow up from September 21, 2016 Academic Affairs meeting (UPDATED 9-30-16)

What does ULO alignment and assessment mean for my program and courses?  [In a chart]

Timelines for assessment of undergraduate programs and general education

Assignment Design

Assignment Design and Library (LEAPTx)

Transparent Assignment Design (UNLV)

All 16 LEAP rubrics:  Helpful in thinking about other program outcomes and how to measure them

GLO: Writing
GLO: Analytic Inquiry
  • Pilot rubric for analytic inquiry in graduate programs (developed Dec 2016)
  • Power point overview of analytic inquiry (December 5, 2016

Sharing the results of assessment, good or bad, is an essential part of a successful assessment program. Faculty can learn from one another. Each department needs to see what the others are doing and how well their efforts are working. Such sharing provides opportunities for departments to engage in peer review, steer away from failed experiences, and replicate successes where appropriate. – Wendy Weiner (2009). “Establishing a culture of assessment.” Academe June/July, AAUP

Program Outcomes
Program Assessment
  • Link to program assessment plans, reports and documentation (WOU campus access only: You will be prompted to provide your paw print – portal – credentials)
Academic Program Review:  UPDATED DRAFTS (2-11-17)
Plan for Academic Effectiveness
Willamette Promise

Willamette Promise is a consortium with OIT, Corban University, 3 ESD’s and almost 40 school districts in our region.  Through the Willamette Promise, WOU provides opportunities for high school students to earn assessment-based college credits for core OTM-AAOT courses.

Quantitative Literacy Professional Learning Community


  • 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.


  • 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
Graduate Outcomes:  Writing


  • 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: TimelineBackground, Degree Qualifications Profile
Graduate Outcomes:  Analytic Inquiry


  • 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.
  • Supporting documents:  Timeline

Assessment Facilitation Steering Committee (AFSC)

Additional reading and resources



Sue Monahan, Associate Provost for Academic Effectiveness

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