JWU’s School of Arts & Sciences Outcomes Assessment Committee is charged with collecting samples of students’ work in order to redefine and refine learning at the course level.
The committee consists of faculty members from each department in the School of Arts & Sciences, as well as the assistant dean. A faculty member always chairs the committee.
In the past 30 years, colleges and universities have needed to verify their ability to educate. With specific expectations from accreditation boards and increasing competition between colleges, learning institutions need to be accountable and prove that they are continually successful in educating their students.
In its early years, the committee was instrumental in drafting a set of measurable outcomes for the school, originating the curriculum audit and designing authentic assessment instruments, including atomistic and holistic rubrics and surveys. Pilot studies were conducted to determine the reliability and validity of these instruments.
The committee has adopted the Accuplacer skills tests as another assessment vehicle, thus leading to a multi-dimensional assessment program that incorporates rubrics, surveys and normed tests.
Each year, the committee works on improving existing assessment procedures and developing new ones for outcomes not yet assessed. The committee also continues to look at the complete picture and remember that closing the loop is just as important and starting it.
Tom Pandolfini, ChairMike Budziszek, ScienceMark Hengen, ScienceEvelina Lapierre, MathematicsEmily Spitzman, ESLDavid Spatt, HumanitiesAnn Kordas, HumanitiesClaudette Levesque, HumanitiesBill Lenox, EnglishJohanna Church, EnglishRuss Chabot, Social SciencesKen Rourke, Social SciencesScott Papp, Social SciencesDan Driscoll, Criminal JusticeAllison Kramer, Social SciencesDaphne Thompson, Charlotte CampusCrystal Taylor, EquineKreg Abshire, Denver CampusSamuel Wells, Denver CampusCarol Koris, North Miami CampusAdam Smith, Charlotte Campus Laura Galligan, Assistant DeanTom DiPaolo, Education Leadership
Student Learning Outcomes
CommunicationEffectively apply oral and written communication strategies appropriate for a particular situation and/or audience. Quantitative LiteracyDemonstrate the ability to solve mathematical problems and to apply mathematical reasoning to problems in other fields of study.Critical and Creative ThinkingApply appropriate disciplinary criteria to examine complex issues, make decisions, analyze arguments, conduct credible research, solve problems and create original ideas and/or approaches.Ethical ReasoningApply ethical standards and reasoning to complex issues in personal, academic and professional decisions.Knowledge and Interpretation of Behavioral SciencesDemonstrate knowledge of the complexities of human behavior and society. Interpret human behavior from various social science perspectives.Knowledge and Interpretation of the HumanitiesDemonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret human history, philosophy, literature and the arts. Scientific Knowledge and ReasoningDemonstrate knowledge and application of the scientific principles that govern the natural world. Integrative LearningDemonstrate the ability to synthesize and apply knowledge from multiple perspectives to complex issues and real world problems.