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Assessment of Student Learning

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UM Crookston informs the quality of curricular and co-curricular programs through the assessment of student learning, which includes practices that promote continuous improvement. We are committed to educational achievement and improvement through ongoing assessment of student learning for both undergraduate and graduate programs. The video below provides a brief introduction of student learning assessment.

UMC Program Assessment (Canvas)

What is Program Assessment?

What is Program Assessment?

Institutional Assessment Expectations

Each academic degree program is expected to maintain accurate and relevant learning outcomes for its graduates. The University recommends 5-7 learning outcomes for each program, but faculty can choose to have greater or fewer based on program curriculum, accreditation requirements, or personal preference. Faculty in the program should follow departmental procedures for approving changes to program learning outcomes. Any program learning outcome changes shall be forwarded to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for updating the University catalog through PCAS.

Faculty are expected to identify key pieces of student work or collect other student input by which the level of student learning for the outcomes are measured. Data collections should occur with a frequency by which faculty are comfortable generalizing an overall level of proficiency for program graduates.

Reporting of assessment activity shall be summarized and reported to academic departments and UMN Crookston Institutional Effectiveness annually. Historically, this reporting has been submitted during spring semester finals week, however faculty may submit their report at a time that best fits their academic schedule and/or accreditation deadlines. Annual reporting should include the outcome being evaluated, any data used to show student proficiency in the outcome, and actions that will be taken, if any, based on the data and level of student learning.

Faculty do not have to report assessment activities for all learning outcomes each year. Faculty shall set a schedule reporting such that data collection is manageable and changes based on a particular data collection cycle have a period of time to impact student learning. UMN Crookston recommends a cycle such that all program outcomes are assessed once every 3-4 years.

Each fall, Institutional Effectiveness provides the Assessment Committee of the Faculty Assembly with copies of reports received the prior year. Upon review of the reports, the Committee is encouraged to share findings with their respective departments, commending those doing quality and unique assessment work and aiding those where assessment activity could be strengthened.

Agriculture and Natural Resources Department Assessment Process

Agriculture and Natural Resources Department Assessment Process

Agriculture and Natural Resources Department Assessment Process Diagram

The Agriculture and Natural Resources Department has 11 on campus programs with 2 on-line options. On campus, we have: Agriculture Business, Agriculture Communications, Agriculture Education, Agriculture Systems Management, Agronomy, Animal Science, Equine Business Management, Equine Science, Golf and Turf Management, Horticulture, Natural Resources. On-line programs include Agriculture Business and Agriculture Communication.

Assessment for each program is similar and shown in the figure above. Each year, program faculty work together to gather data about student performance outcomes in each course and how that aligns with overall program outcomes.

Student performance is compared to goals set by program faculty. When program goals are not being met, faculty evaluate and update teaching processes, student performance assessment methods, and evaluate program objectives and goals.

Reporting and Program Assessments are due to the Division Head by May 15th of each year.

Business Department Assessment Process

Business Department Assessment Process

Business Department Assessment Process Diagram

The business department has nine programs: Accounting, Finance, Health Management, International Business, Management, Manufacturing Management, Marketing, Quality Management, and Sport and Recreation Management. The assessment for each program learning outcomes is similar in each program and shown in the figure above. Each year, the faculty members in each program gather data to evaluate students’ performance. The data is collected from different works including projects for core courses, course assignments, capstone projects, etc. The students’ performance in those activities is compared with goals set by faculty in a program. If students’ performance is not satisfying, the faculty proposes suggestion for improving the teaching process to ensure that students’ performance is enhanced. If students’ performance is satisfactory, faculty members continue performing the assessment as it is a journey that never ends.  

Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Department Assessment Process

Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Department Assessment Process

Liberal Education Course Review Process

The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) structure (goal areas, distribution requirements, learner outcomes) is the framework for UMN Crookston’s liberal education foundation.

1. Establish schedule for department review and confirmation during department meetings.

    • Goal Area 1 Written and Oral Communication
    • Goal Area 5 History and the Behavioral and Social Sciences
    • Goal Area 6 The Humanities (the Arts, Literature, and Philosophy)
    • Goal Area 7 Human Diversity
    • Goal Area 8 Global Perspectives
    • Goal Area 9 Ethical and Civic Responsibility

2. Faculty preparation for department review and confirmation:

  • Course description: use approved course description that is shown on UMN Crookston catalog. Curriculum form will be needed if course description needs to be changed or updated.
  • Course learning outcomes: if course learning outcomes are to meet MnTC, include MnTC goal area and learning outcomes at the end of each course learning outcome statement.
    Examples:

COMP 1011 Composition I

    • Course Learning Outcome: Compose a working thesis statement that clearly states a position and serves to focus the paper (Goal 1.5).
    • Course Learning Outcome: Choose sources that explore a balance of views and provide fair representation of opposing views to accomplish the writer’s plan (Goal 1.3).

SOC 1001 Intro to Sociology

    • Course Learning Outcome: Develop and employ an understanding of sociological inquiry including the use of theory, methods, and data to describe and interpret social phenomena (Goal 5.1, 5.3)
    • Course Learning Outcome: Describe the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States’ history and culture (Goal 7.1).
  • To be considered a UMN Crookston Liberal Education course, a course must deliver more than 51% of the MnTC learner outcomes for particular goal area.
  • Conduct peer review within the discipline, program, peers from another discipline, or external review (if a faculty is the only faculty teaching in the discipline or program).

3. Department Review and Confirmation

  • Submit syllabus for department review and confirmation
  • Once confirmed by the department:
    • Faculty will update Liberal Education Course Review spreadsheet (i.e. update course learning outcomes)
    • Department Administrative Specialist will upload liberal education course syllabi to the Liberal Education Course Review Canvas site.
  • Department Chair would be responsible for ensuring revisions, if needed, are made by the end of spring semester.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Information

Math, Science and Education Department Assessment Process

Math, Science and Education Department Assessment Process

Math, Science and Technology Department Assessment Process Diagram

The Math, Science and Technology program oversees eight programs: Applied Health, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Exercise Science and Wellness, Health Sciences, Information Technology Management, Medical Laboratory Sciences, and Software Engineering.  While course specific learning goals are assessed more often, programs go through the assessment cycle every four years with different programs at rotating each year.    Also, while program specifics may differ but all use the five-step process above. 

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Assessment of Student Learning

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