Educational Effectiveness

2013-2014 Institutional and General Education Assessment

This year, we are focusing on assessing student critical thinking skills. The Critical Thinking ILO reads as follows:

Graduates of Westmont College will accurately evaluate the strength of evidence in support of a claim.

Westmont Assessment Team include:

Dr. Jim Taylor (Philosophy) -- Lead Assessment Specialist

Dr. Rick Pointer (History) -- Assessment Consultant in General Education

Dr. Randy VanderMey (English) -- Assessment Consultant in Humanities

Dr. Steve Contakes (Chemistry) Fall 2013 -- Assessment Consultant in NBS

Dr. Jane Wilson (Education) Assessment Consultant in SS

Angela D'Amour (Director of Campus Life, Assessment Consultant in Student Life

Critical Thinking Team

Institutional and General Education Assessment in Previous Years

2012-2013

In Summer 2013, the Oral Communication Task Force assessed student learning in relation to the Oral Communication Outcome.

Dr. Deborah Dunn (Communication Studies); Dr. Edd Noell (Economics & Business); Dr. Steve Julio (Biology) and Dr. Sarah Skripsky served on the task force. Click here to read their report.

In 2012-2013 we acessed student learning in relation to the Chritstian Understansding, Practices and Affections outcomes, which reads as follows:

Graduates of Westmont College will

  • demonstrate literacy in biblical and orthodox Christian faith (Christian Understanding)
  • demonstrate faithfulness in Christian service (Christian Practices/ Affections)

The first outcome was assessed at the GE level. The corresponding GE outcome reads as follows:

Students will demonstrate literacy in Christian scripture and Christian doctrine (Biblical and Theological Canons).

Click here to read Telforf's report on CUPA assessment. Click here for the September 20, 2013 Faculty Meeting questions.

The Christian Life Survey was selected to assess student learning in relation to the Christian Practices/Affections outcome.

The Faith-Learning Faculty Roudtable project supported by the Lilly Fellows Small Grant was initiated in fall 2012. The project is directed by Dr.Tatiana Nazarenko. Click here to read Tatiana's report.

Westmont 2012-2013 assessment team included: Dr. Telford Work (Religious Studies), Lead Assessment Specialist; Dr. Russ Howell (Mathematics), Assessment Consultant at large; Dr. Maurice Lee (Religious Studies), Assessment Consultant in General Education; Tim Wilson (Student Life), Assessment Consultant in Student Life.

2011-2012

In 2011-2012, we assessed student learning in relation to the Competence in Written Communication Institutional Learning Outcome:

Graduates of Westmont College will write effectively in various contexts. This ILO was assessed at the GE level.

The corresponding General Education Learning Outcome reads as follows:

Students will communicate in written form for a variety of purposes and audiences across the curriculum (Writing for the Liberal Arts; Writing/Speech Intensive courses)

Dr. Sarah Skripsky (English) served as Westmont Lead Assessment Specialist in 2011-2012. Click here to read Sarah's report on Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) assessment.