Provost & Academic Vice President
Student Academic Assessment at Western Illinois University
Guidelines for Assessment Submissions:
Submission of Annual Reports
Annual reports will be requested from Interim Associate Provost Nancy Parsons in May of each year. A letter of request will be sent to each College Dean who in turn requests submissions from each department.
Assessment of Student Learning Procedures
- Assessment measures are to be clearly described: i.e. how is the measure conducted? For example, does a survey conducted of students post-internship provide evidence of student learning (direct), or provide insight into whether a student feels they learned a particular skill (indirect)?
- Course-embedded assessment is an excellent example of a direct measure of assessment if evaluation consists of clear measurement of specific learning outcomes (please specify which outcomes and in what way they are measured).
- The development of assessment measures begins with and is continually informed by the identified learning outcomes; in this way, the learning outcomes become the basis for a solid assessment plan.
- It is important to clarify how the measure, whether direct or indirect, focuses on the stated learning outcomes.
- Review of specific courses, or more extensive program review, is not a measure of either direct or indirect assessment, although it may be a very useful result of assessment of student learning (i.e. and therefore tie in via the feedback loop informing revised assessment measures).
Direct Measures of Student Learning
- the capstone experience (when standards are carefully structured and documented, the capstone experience, clearly linked with the identified learning outcomes, becomes a very effective direct measure);
- portfolio assessment (with a clear set of objective standards of measurement across evaluators within a department);
- standardized tests;
- performance on national licensure, certification or professional exams;
- locally developed tests;
- essay questions blind scored by faculty across the department, school, or college;
- qualitative interval and external juried review of comprehensive senior projects;
- externally reviewed exhibitions and performances in the arts;
- external evaluation of performance during internships based on state program objectives.
Indirect Measures of Student Learning
- alumni and student surveys;
- exit interviews of graduates;
- graduate follow-up studies;
- retention and transfer studies;
- length of time to degree;
- ACT/SAT scores;
- graduation rates and transfer rates;
- job placement data; and
- graduate school acceptance.