Faculty and instructional staff are responsible for guiding and monitoring student learning throughout an academic program beginning at the course level. When designing new courses or revising current offerings, it is important to establish course-level student learning outcomes that advance aspects of the academic program goals.
All courses offered at OCU must clearly articulate student learning outcomes. These learning outcomes should be available to students through course syllabi.
Benefits of Course Assessment:
• Provides regular feedback about student progress (quizzes, tests, etc.)
• Gives insight into day-to-day teaching methods and student learning processes.
• Provides students with a means of gauging their own learning and then modify study strategies as appropriate.
• Provides student data and feedback for instructors for course improvements
Academic Program-Level Assessment
Program Level Assessment focuses on what and how an academic program is contributing to the learning, growth, and development of students as a group. A quality assessment plan reflects specific program goals, measureable student learning outcomes, and a well-articulated plan for timely implementation, strategic data collection, and analysis. Findings should then be used to inform, confirm, and support program level change and facilitate continuous program level improvement.
Benefits of Program-Level Assessment:
Discover through empirical evidence "what students are learning"
Identify gaps in student learning areas
Inform teaching pedagogy by aligning best practices with learner’s needs
Make informed decisions; guide curriculum, course action, and revision
Demonstrate overall program effectiveness; showcase student learning ‐ "what works"
Institutional-Level Assessment gauges the extent to which the institution achieves its mission and creates a common understanding of quality and improvement.
Course evaluations are conducted each academic term at the conclusion of the course. Students are encouraged to participate in this process as a method of placing accountability for educational services on the university. The student course evaluation seeks information related to student perceptions of classroom dynamics, course content, and instructor and student performance and satisfaction.
Assessment Day is part of Oakland City University’s Assessment Program beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year. The mission for Assessment Day is to facilitate high quality, pre-post data collection on student learning and developmental outcomes. The focus of Assessment Day is to collect information to assess programs with broad scope and high intensity, such as Foundational Core clusters, large-scale student affairs programs, and university-wide initiatives.
On Assessment Day, OCU undergraduates are tested on their knowledge in one of the Foundational Core areas. Students may also complete tests measuring critical thinking, cultural knowledge, or intellectual and personal development. In addition, students may complete assessments related to ethical reasoning in order to assess various OCU academic initiatives. Generally, half the day has a common focus and the remainder of the day is devoted to assessment activities by faculty within academic programs.
Academic Program Review
Oakland City University (OCU) is dedicated to the enhancement of intellectual, spiritual, physical and social development for positive leadership. Part of OCU’s mission is carried out by faculty as they provide rigorous academic instruction and develop meaningful relationships with students. Making sure OCU’s academic programs remain focused on these core commitments of the university requires regular comprehensive program review to support continuous improvement.
Accreditation requirements from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) prompted efforts to develop a streamlined institutional academic program review process. The academic program review process aims to take a comprehensive look at a variety of aspects that influence program effectiveness, including assessment of student learning, finances, facilities usage, curricular development, and enrollment trends. Implementing this complex process will undoubtedly require additional efforts from faculty, staff and administrators. However, engaging in program review at this level also promises opportunities to highlight the successes of our current efforts and a chance to strengthen areas of weaknesses.
Co-curricular life plays an important role in the student experience at OCU. Students engage in activities that highlight, integrate and enhance formal academic learning. As such, assessment planning also includes the identification of the range of co-curricular educational experiences through which students demonstrate learning. Thus, co-curricular units and programs set learning goals, assess the goals and report on progress, annually.