Educational Effectiveness

2017-2018: Oral Communication

This year, we are assessing Oral Communication ILO. The ILO read, Graduates of Westmont will effectively communicate orally in various contexts.

The assessment team includes:

  • Dr. Lesa Stern (Communication Studies), Lead Assessment Specialist
  • Dr. Marty Asher (Economics and Business)
  • John Moore (Kinesiology)
  • Tim Wilson (Student Life)Oral Com


2016-2017: Diversity and Global Awareness

in 2016-2017, we assessed Diversity and Global Awareness ILOs. The mdified Diversity outcome reads: Graduates of Westmont will effectivelyanalyze topics and human experiences using categories such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status, and disability with respect toa biblical vision of human flourishing. 

The Global Awareness ILO will be assessed at the General Education Thinking Globally level.

Dr. Dinora Cardoso (Modern Languages), Lead Assessment Specialist for Diversity
Jason Cha (Student Life), Associate Lead Assessment Specialist for Diviersity

The assessment team includes:
Dr. John Blondell (Theatre Arts), Dr. Mary Docter (Modern Languages), Dr. Ron See (Psychology), Dr. Carmel Saad (Psychology), Dr. Sameer Yadav (Religious Studies), Diane Ziliotto (Library), Dr. Tatiana Nazarenko (Dean of Curriculum and Educational Effectiveness), Tim Wilson (Student Life, Associate Dean of Students)

Diversity team

Click here for the 2016 Diversity Interim report and here for the 2016 Diversity Faculty/Staff survey

Institutional and General Education (aligned GELOs) Assessment in Previous Years

2015-2016: Quantitative Literacy

In 2014-2015, we assessed the Quantitative Literacy Institutional Learning Outcome concurrent with the General Education Learning Outcome. The outcome reads:

Graduates of Westmont will apply relevant scientific, mathematical and logical methods to analyze and solve problems effectively and be able to utilize the results appropriately when making decisions.

The Assessment Team includes:

Dr. Stephen Contakes (Chemistry), Lead Assessment Specialist for Quantitative Literacy
Dr. Ray Rosentrater (Mathematics)
Dr. Enrico Manlapig (Economics and Business)

Click here for Steve's Preliminary Summary of the QL assessment project.

  • Additional assessment information is posted here.

2014-2015: Information Literacy

in 2014-2105, we are assessed student performance in relation to the Information Literacy Institutional Learning Outcome in selected ENG-002 courses and senior seminars. The ILO reads as follows:

Graduates of Westmont will identify, evaluate, and integrate sources effectively and ethically in various contexts.

The Assessment Team includes:

Molly Riley, Instructional and Research Services Librarian and Lead Assessment Specialist for Information Literacy
Dr. Stephen Contakes (Chemistry)
Dr. Omedi Ochieng (Communication Studies )
Dr. Jana Mayfield Mullen, Digitization and Instruction Librarian

Here is Molly Riley's full report on Information Literacy. Click here to read Molly's IL assessment summary.

2013-2014: Critical Thinking

Ihe Critical Thinking outcome reads as follows:

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

Westmont Assessment Team included:

  • 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. Stephen 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

Jim Taylor's full report on Critical Thinking is postered here. Click here to read the summary of his report.

2012-2013: Christian Understanding, Practices and Affections and Oral Communication

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 accessed student learning in relation to the Christian Understanding, 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 Telford Work'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 Roundtable 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 Written Communication

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.