The Catholic University of America

School/Department Learning Outcomes

This web page is maintained by the Office of Financial Planning, Institutional Research, and Assessment on behalf of the Vice Provost and Dean of Assessment. Financial Planning, Institutional Research, and Assessment provides administrative, statistical and professional support to the University's Student Learning Outcomes Assessment process. Financial Planning, Institutional Research, and Assessment administers the core process on behalf of the Vice Provost and Dean of Assessment, and creates and maintains the universe of assessment resources that feed into the process. The Vice Provost and Dean of Assessment updates and maintains the University's Student learning Outcomes Assessment Plan, schedules the Annual Key Assessment process driven by the plan, and is responsible for soliciting, coordinating, and reviewing materials, generated by individual academic programs which support the plan, and the Assessment process. 

As a result of two closely-related initiatives – major assessment finding reports and annual key assessment finding documents – departments' and schools' documents have been collected on a set schedule (every five years and annually). They have reviewed specific quantitative and qualitative data and then, reflected and commented on the assessment findings and implications for their programs.

 

 Annual Key Assessment Findings

Conducted annually the following report focuses on faculty review and analysis of direct evidence of student learning for a one-year time period. Each department and School reviews student progress and applies the results of student learning assessments in their short- and long-term planning to improve instruction and student outcomes. This process interjects a guided reflection and a formal report which is available below. 

 

Year 2016-2017 (Replaced by academic self-study process --will resume in 2017-18) 

Year 2015-2016

Year 2014-2015

Year 2013-2014 

Year 2012-2013 (did not perform Annual Key Assessment Findings, please see Major Assessment Findings review)

Year 2011-2012

Year 2010-2011

Year 2009-2010

 

 

 Major Assessment Findings

Conducted every five years the following summative report reflects a thoughtful analysis of, reflection and response to the direct and indirect student assessment data collected over the time period. The reports include (1) discussion of direct assessment measures (e.g., at a minimum performance in  capstone projects and pass rates on comprehensive examinations) and other indirect measures (e.g., student course evaluations, program review data, alumni surveys, etc.); (2) reflections on analyses of enrollment, student performance, and students’ instructor and course ratings and the department’s/School’s use of NSSE results to benchmark its seniors’ general education outcomes, and (3) a narrative describing curricular improvements the department/School had introduced as a result of earlier assessment findings. 

 

AY2008-09 through AY2012-13

AY2003-04 through AY2007-08

 

 

Course Syllabi

Faculty members submit their syllabi to their department chairs/school deans for review and posting on our assessment website at the start of each semester, based on the template available here. Instructions for uploading the syllabi are available here.
Syllabi include goals for student learning and the related assessments through course requirements.

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Program Goal Statements

Formal statement of goals for student learning for each degree and certificate program at the university.  Identifies multiple measures of student learning assessment appropriate to program goals, and summarizes the steps faculty follow to implement and analyze these assessments.
 

Student Learning Assessment

This plan focuses on current practices and future plans for the assessment of student learning outcomes from academic experiences and campus life as it complements student learning.

 

 


 

  

Rubrics

Rubrics are used by faculty as metrics to measure student learning outcomes and to aid faculty reflection upon student learning outcomes as well as an aid in the improvement of the curriculum. A basic guide for designing rubrics is available here.

Course Evaluations

Students complete course evaluations throughout their programs. Students not only rate the courses and the instructors, but also evaluate whether the outcomes for the course were obtained.

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