We aspire to become a national model for student learning and engagement within higher
education. We recognize our responsibility to advance the learning of students by demonstrating
a commitment to meaningful and intentional approaches to our assessment activities.
Our current assessment activities include a wide range of projects and activities
that address student learning, continuous improvement, and dedication to our institutional
mission and vision.
Our General Education (Liberal Studies) engages in an on-going assessment of student learning within its curriculum. Assessment of learning within the General Education (Liberal Studies) Curriculum is based on eight student learning outcomes (SLOs) that include: Inquiry, Information Literacy, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Means of Expression, Awareness of Self, Awareness of Cultural Diversity, and Awareness of Impact.
Our institution's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), DegreePlus, is an experiential learning program that integrates curricular and co-curricular learning activities. DegreePlus aims to educate students on the value of their experiences through the use of an experiential transcript that logs their extracurricular activities and organizes them according to student learning outcomes associated with professional skills, including, leadership, cultural responsiveness, teamwork, and professionalism.
We utilize the following surveys to assess current activities at the institution-level:
We expect our academic programs to have a minimum of three student learning outcomes (SLOs) that relate to the knowledge, skills, and/or behaviors faculty and staff deem important for students to attain during their educational
experience. Programs assess their operational and/or program outcomes and report them in an annual Continuous Improvement Report (CIR). Examples of program outcomes may relate to retention, recruitment, enrollment, graduation rates, pass/fail licensure exam results, job placement, student/alumni satisfaction, and more.
Continuous improvement reporting (CIR) and assessment for academic programs follow the expectations and principles of our institutional accreditor, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).
Assessment of learning at WCU is used to collect, analyze, and use data to drive improvements in educational experiences and enhance student learning. At the program-level, assessment strategies measure student skills, knowledge, and accomplishments. We believe that assessment of learning is an on-going process designed and implemented by faculty and staff while keeping in ordiance with the university's mission statement, and the mission of our schools and departments in which our programs are located.