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7/15/2016

Assessment of Current Core Learning Goals

2016-2017

Dear Faculty,

During the 2016-2017 academic year, we will assess the Global Diversity, Diversity in the United States, and Social Science learning goals for the current core curriculum. Departments and programs will gather assignments in the spring and fall semesters and assess them in June 2017.

Please work with your department chairs and program coordinators as you plan ahead to develop assignments that address the learning goals in fall and/or spring semester courses.

See this link for learning goals and rubrics,

https://www.ursinus.edu/offices/academic-affairs/assessment/core-curriculum-assessment/

1/6/2016

Arts and Humanities

Current Core Curriculum Learning Goals

Assessment Findings

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Noon (bring your lunch)

Pfahler 209

 

D and G

Current Core Curriculum Learning Goals

Assessment Findings

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Noon (bring your lunch)

Pfahler 209

 

Mathematics and Social Science

Current Core Curriculum Learning Goals

Assessment Findings

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Noon (bring your lunch)

Pfahler 209

Later this semester there will be meetings about the findings from assessment of current core curriculum learning goals. As a Department Chair or Program Coordinator for a major, minor, or program that teaches at least one course for specific learning goals, you are invited to attend. Please welcome other people from your department or program to come too, particularly if you cannot attend. It would be helpful for at least one person from each department or program to learn about the findings from this assessment so that you can consider possible curricular enhancements. Originally we planned to hold meetings for individual departments and programs, however, we realized that it would be more productive to arrange meetings based on learning goals. 

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

1/6/2016

As you complete your course syllabi, remember to include course learning goals that connect to learning goals for the department, program, and core curriculum, as appropriate. Courses with a core designation should have connections to core learning goals. Detailed information is in the Administrative Requests document sent from the Dean.

 

See this link for current core curriculum learning goals, https://www.ursinus.edu/offices/academic-affairs/assessment/core-curriculum-assessment/

 

See departments and program webpages for their learning goals. If the goals have not been posted yet, see the department chair or program coordinator.

 

Syllabi are due in the Dean’s Office by January 20th.

 

Thank you!

 9/2/15

Common Hour

Update on assessment of the current core curriculum

September 9, 2015

Noon to 1PM

 

Beverages and desserts! (Bring your lunch.)

 

To look at the current core learning goals and rubrics, see link below!

https://www.ursinus.edu/offices/academic-affairs/assessment/

8/24/15

Just a reminder to include learning goals on the fall syllabi you are submitting to the Dean’s Office.

 

Thank you!

 

Course learning goals should be connected to core curriculum or departmental learning goals as appropriate. If a course fulfills a requirement for the core curriculum, the course goals should connect to core curriculum goals. See below for current core curriculum learning goals and refer to your department’s annual outcomes assessment document for departmental learning goals.

 

Ursinus College Core Curriculum Learning Goals

The current core curriculum was approved by the faculty on December 6, 2000. Global Diversity and Diversity in the United States courses were added by the faculty on February 7, 2000. Learning goals are based on language describing the core curriculum found on pages 10 and 11 of the 2014/2015 college catalog. Criteria for assessment were developed by faculty members in July, 2015.

 

Core Curriculum Requirement

Learning Goal

Criteria

Arts

Students should be able to demonstrate an appreciation for making and regarding art.

Appreciate the process of making art. Conceptualize works of art.

Diversity in the United States

Focusing in a substantive or comparative way on aspects that tend to differentiate groups in American Society.

Demonstrate a substantive understanding of different groups inside the United States. Investigate differences among groups inside the United States.

Foreign Languages

Demonstrate intellectual discipline.

Describe their understanding across cultures.

Demonstrate method and discipline connections. Demonstrate understanding and interpretation of context. Describe cultural interpretation. Describe cultural awareness.

Global Diversity

Focusing on issues that deal entirely or in a comparative way with cultures originating from outside the United States or Western Europe.

Demonstrates a substantive understanding of different groups outside Western Europe and the United States. Investigates differences among groups outside Western Europe and the United States.

Humanities

Describe their view of the human experience.

Articulate a view of the human experience. Confront multiple views of the human experience.

Laboratory Science

Demonstrate scientific literacy (scientific reasoning)

Demonstrate awareness of issues of science as they influence the individual and society

Explain scientific concepts. Complete an experiment. Examine data. Draw conclusions from background information, data, and results. Apply awareness of issues of science as they influence the individual and society.

Mathematics

Demonstrate deductive reasoning skills.

Demonstrate deductive reasoning skills.

Quantitative Analysis

Demonstrate experience with quantitative data.

Explain quantitative information presented in mathematical forms, including equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, or words. Convert information into mathematical forms, including equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, or words. Complete calculations. Draw conclusions based on quantitative analysis of data.

Social Science

Describe the complex relationship of the individual and society

Analyze the complex relationship between the individual and society. Draw conclusions, consider implications and consequences.

 

Additional areas of the core curriculum are assessed based on recommendations from our accrediting agency in the publication, “Students Learning Assessment: Options and Resources” (Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 2007).  

Recommended by MSCHE

Criteria

Critical Analysis and Reasoning

Explain issues/problems that will be considered critically. Use information from sources to investigate a point of view or conclusion. Show awareness of context and assumptions. Take a position (perspective, thesis/ hypothesis). Make conclusions connected to related outcomes (implications and consequences).

Information Literacy/Technological Competency

Recognize technology tools that can facilitate learning, writing and basic understanding of society (TC). Effectively use a spectrum of basic computer technologies (such as, but not limited to, the web, Office software, e-mail, blogging, social media) (TC). Determine and access the tools necessary to find the best information (IL). Use discipline-specific technologies to collect, gather and analyze data (TC). Evaluate and use information critically (IL). Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose (IL). Use retrieved information in an ethical and responsible way (IL). Recognize and adapt to new technologies they have not yet been confronted with (TC).

 

 

7/23/15

Thanks to everyone who participated in assessing the core curriculum! 

Thirteen people participated in developing learning goals and rubrics and sixteen people assessed assignments. 

Findings will be presented at a Common Hour on September 9th in Pfahler Auditorium. 

The core curriculum learning goals are included below and in the attachment. This information will be useful as you incorporate learning goals into fall syllabi for core curriculum courses. You can access the goals and rubrics on the new College Assessment website, https://www.ursinus.edu/offices/academic-affairs/assessment/

 

Core Curriculum Requirement

Learning Goal

Arts

Students should be able to demonstrate an appreciation for making and regarding art.

Diversity in the United States

Focusing in a substantive or comparative way on aspects that tend to differentiate groups in American Society.

Foreign Languages

Demonstrate intellectual discipline.

Describe their understanding across cultures.

Global Diversity

Focusing on issues that deal entirely or in a comparative way with cultures originating from outside the United States or Western Europe.

Humanities

Describe their view of the human experience.

Laboratory Science

Demonstrate scientific literacy (scientific reasoning)

Demonstrate awareness of issues of science as they influence the individual and society

Mathematics

Demonstrate deductive reasoning skills.

Quantitative Analysis

Demonstrate experience with quantitative data.

Social Science

Describe the complex relationship of the individual and society

 

 6/15/15

Thanks to everyone who participated in developing rubrics for the core curriculum!

Faculty members from all divisions worked together to complete rubrics for the current core learning goals. This process helped faculty members consider what they like about the goals and what may be missing.

Now it’s time to assess the documents submitted by the departments. We could use your help! If you haven’t already signed up, please use the link below to participate.

Assessment Adventures (11AM-3PM on 6/23, 6/25, 7/7, 7/8).

Training, lunch, and snacks will be provided! Beginners and experts are welcome. We will use the rubrics from “Rubrics Revelry” to assess a variety of assignments.

Use this link to sign up Assessment Adventures: https://ursinus.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_d5wPoT6fA192w3X

 5/26/15 Thank you to everyone who sent in documents for the core curriculum assessment. There was a great response from the campus and we received assignments connected to all of the learning goals.
 5/18/15

Format for rubric development and assessment sessions

Here’s what a typical session will look like for rubric development or assessment…

Rubrics Revelry sample schedule, 11AM-3PM on 6/8

11AM-noon: “Little Italy” buffet lunch and coffee/tea bar
Introduction to rubric development
Noon-1PM: Small groups work on rubric development
1PM-1:20PM Break
1:20PM-1:45PM: Groups share progress
1:45PM-2:30PM: Small groups revise rubrics
2:30PM: Refreshments similar to those for Faculty Salons

There’s still time to sign up! See links below.

All faculty, regardless of type of faculty appointment, are welcome to participate. If you are not certain, just ask!

Rubrics Revelry (11AM-3PM on 6/8, 6/9, 6/12).

Training, lunch, and snacks will be provided! Beginners and experts are welcome. We will develop rubrics that can be used to assess the core learning goals. It would help to have individuals participate from across campus so that the rubrics accurately reflect the core.

Use this link to sign up for Rubrics Revelry: https://ursinus.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9AZopKteeoYNf1z

Assessment Adventures (11AM-3PM on 6/23, 6/25, 7/7, 7/8).

Training, lunch, and snacks will be provided! Beginners and experts are welcome. We will use the rubrics from “Rubrics Revelry” to assess a variety of assignments.

Use this link to sign up Assessment Adventures: https://ursinus.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_d5wPoT6fA192w3X

 5/11/15

Thank you to department chairs who submitted assignments for direct assessment of the core. We look forward to seeing more as the May 22nd deadline approaches.

Once the assignments are in, we will need some help doing two things, see below. The rewards for participating include camaraderie, development of valuable tools and information, and good food. You are welcome to sign up for one or more dates.

All faculty, regardless of type of faculty appointment, are welcome to participate. If you are not certain, just ask!

Rubrics Revelry (11AM-3PM on 6/8, 6/9, 6/12).

Training, lunch, and snacks will be provided! Beginners and experts are welcome. We will develop rubrics that can be used to assess the core learning goals. It would help to have individuals participate from across campus so that the rubrics accurately reflect the core.

Use this link to sign up for Rubrics Revelry: https://ursinus.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9AZopKteeoYNf1z

Assessment Adventures (11AM-3PM on 6/23, 6/25, 7/7, 7/8).

Training, lunch, and snacks will be provided! Beginners and experts are welcome. We will use the rubrics from “Rubrics Revelry” to assess a variety of assignments.

Use this link to sign up Assessment Adventures: https://ursinus.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_d5wPoT6fA192w3X

5/4/15 Just a friendly reminder … Please submit all documents for direct assessment of the core curriculum by May 22.

Detailed instructions are found in the attached document, “1-Instructions.”

A checklist that should accompany submitted papers from each course section is titled, “2-Checklist.”

Frequently asked questions are found in, “3-Academic Assessment FAQ.”

If you have additional questions, please respond to this message.

4/28/15

Thank you to everyone who attended the learning goals workshops earlier in April.  15 participants from 11 different majors worked on learning goals and assessment tools. There were robust discussions and idea sharing.

If you were unable to attend or if you were there and have more ideas to talk about, feel free to set up a meeting by responding to this message.