Assessment of Student Learning
The Wayne State College “Academy for Assessment of Student Learning Team” has collaborated with the General Education Committee to develop an assessment process to assess student learning in the General Education Program.
Students are assessed for competency of the four general education goals:
- develop expression
- participate in methods of inquiry
- expand knowledge
- encourage civic virtue
Assessment Tools at Wayne State College
In higher education the term “assessment” can mean a variety of things. It can refer to the process of grading an individual student’s achievement on a test or assignment, or it can refer to the process of evaluating the quality of an academic program. The overall purpose of program assessment does not focus on an individual student; rather, the emphasis is on what and how an educational program is contributing to the learning, growth and development of students as a group.
At Wayne State, many assessment tools are embedded in the curriculum to minimize the time and effort required from students and faculty. Regular assignments may be evaluated to find out if learning outcomes are being achieved. Students may be asked to participate in surveys, interviews, or special testing. These do not affect the status of the individual students. The objective is to improve learning for all students.
The following assessment tools are used at Wayne State College:
Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP)
Students complete a Freshman Survey during Orientation each year called the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP). The survey is a widely cited source of data on college demographics and attitudinal trends and the results from these surveys provide a comprehensive portrait of the changing character of entering students and American society at large.
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
Every third year Wayne State College randomly selects freshmen and seniors to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The NSSE survey captures information about how much time students devote to learning, how involved they are in best learning practices, and how fully challenged and supported they feel by their college. The NSSE reveals:
- How much freshmen and seniors study and how else they spend their time
- How much and what kind of assignments and intellectual activities their classes require
- How much contact they have with faculty members
- How often they take advantage enriching activities like study abroad, service learning, or student government
- How they grade their own progress in key areas of knowledge and skill
- How satisfied they are with their educational experience
Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP)
Wayne State College randomly selects students to complete the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) testing. CAAP is the standardized, nationally normed assessment program from ACT that enables postsecondary institutions to assess, evaluate, and enhance the outcomes of their general education programs. The CAAP can be used to:
- Satisfy accreditation and accountability reporting requirements
- Measure students’ achievement levels on a group and individual basis
- Compare students’ achievement levels with national user norms
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of general education programs
- Document the performance gain of students’ achievement levels over time
- Analyze what interventions may be necessary to enhance results
- Determine student eligibility for upper-division studies