Outcomes Assessment /
Current Assessment Activities
Assessment at Capital University is under the guidance of the Institutional Effectiveness Committee. A range of assessment initiatives are underway across the university.
The seven learning outcomes are measured in both curricular and co-curricular experiences. Each year the Signature Learning Committee, in consultation with the Institutional Effectiveness Committee, identifies two or three Signature Learning Outcomes that programs are encouraged to assess in capstone or upper-level experiences, in addition to specific program learning outcomes. Communities of Practice (Community Engagement, Ethics and Society, First Year Seminar, Culture and Society, Study Away, Internship, Social Justice) are active in defining relevant outcomes and developing effective assessment procedures.
Assessment within academic programs and student development units are outlined in the Assessment Plans (PDF) and Assessment Reports (PDF).
The Annual Assessment Report outlines the assessment initiatives and results in the academic year.
2019-20 Annual Assessment Report (PDF)
Capital University participates annually in the National Survey of Student Engagement. A random sample of first-year students and seniors respond to questions about academics; high-impact practices, such as internships, student research, and community engagement; experiences with diversity, and co-curricular experiences. These responses provide indirect evidence of achievement of learning outcomes.
The Showcase of Student Learning originated in 2011 to highlight assessment of student learning and deepen the culture of assessment at Capital University. Faculty, staff, and students present examples of innovative teaching, student learning and the associated assessment through poster sessions. Recent Showcase themes have highlighted Community-Engaged Learning and Signature Learning.