Core Competency Outcomes Assessment

We strongly encourage all departments to use the annual Ongoing Assessment of Curriculum and Pedagogy report as a means of assessing student performance toward program learning outcomes.

If you use the above template for your annual assessment, read no further; this page is of no use to you.

If you would like to use the format what was used in previous years, proceed.

For AY 2017-18, we are providing access to the process used in previous years wherein departments assessed student performance in one of the five core competencies per WASC Standard 2, Criterion for Review 2.2. These core competencies are:

  • Information Literacy
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Critical Thinking

Information literacy and oral communication were assessed in 2014 and 2015, respectively, though some departments chose to assess other competencies. We would encourage you to select a competency that you have not previously assessed, OR reassess a competency in order to measure a change's effect on student learning.

The Process

Action steps for academic programs.

1. Identify which of your program SLOs connects most closely to the core competency you have chosen to assess.
2. Identify the course(s) in the curriculum in which students demonstrate their most fully-developed competence in the chosen outcome(s). You may wish to consult the Course Outcomes-to-Program Outcomes map that your department created in 2013-14.
3. Within one of those courses, identify which assignment(s) provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their competency and note when those student performances will occur. Score the student output against the VALUE rubric(s) provided by the AAC&U:

For example, the fictitious program in Egyptology could decide to assess its program outcome “students will interpret and use original ancient Egyptian writings appropriately as sources for the study of ancient Egyptian culture” via a poster presentation in the capstone course. This would enable the program to assess the interpretation/use of ancient texts while also assessing students’ oral communication skills.