Office of Institutional Effectiveness Evidence of Student Learning
Evidence of Student Learning
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Evidence of student learning is captured and shared transparently across the institution and in many situations presented transparently on the Emporia State University and Kansas Board of Regents websites. The evidence is representative of both internal and external data gathering techniques and is contextualized in a variety of written and graphical formats depending on the instruments and assessments being used to measure student learning. The audience receiving the information is taken into consideration and often there are many levels of data share depending on how the information can best be used to inform student learning improvement efforts. For example, a report showing 3-year (2015-2017) findings for general education courses Critical Thinking Assessments completed in the spring of 2017 is shared with those departments and disciplines participating as well as with those faculty who participated in the assessments. Senior Survey results are shared campus-wide allowing for the various entities to review the information and develop strategies for improving the student learning experience. An extensive amount of assessment efforts have been expended toward improving the student learning success in general education program courses. A group of Graduate Teaching Assistants with direction from their Faculty advisor annually assess the Psychology 100 Course and student learning of Critical Thinking Skills. Independent assessment efforts by groups of faculty have resulted in improved learning in Composition I and II courses (Written Communication Skills Assessments). The faculty in the Communications and Theatre department have assessed student learning in both Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking (Oral Communication Assessment). In Mathematics, a three-year effort to improve students skills in College Algebra has led to many improvements in pedagogy and curriculum (Mathematics and Analytical Reasoning Assessments). In addition, the faculty in the University Libraries and Archives have assessed student learning of Technology and Information and Literacy Skills and implemented changes based on the professional standards of the American Libraries Association (Assessing Information Literacy).