Missouri State University - West Plains

Learning Assessment

Purpose and Objectives:

The primary purpose of academic assessment is to improve student learning.

"The idea of focusing on learning rather than teaching requires that we rethink our role and the role of the students in the learning process. To focus on learning rather than teaching, we must challenge our basic assumptions about how people learn and what the roles of teacher should be. We must un-learn previously acquired teaching habits. We must grapple with fundamental questions about the roles of assessment and feed-back in learning"

Huba, Mary and Jan Freed. Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses: Shifting the Focus from Teaching to Learning. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2000.

Assessment is the process that evaluates the university learning experience with the purpose of continual improvement and has the objective of assuring the accomplishment of the mission of Missouri State University-West Plains.

Mission:

Missouri State University-West Plains is a teaching and learning institution providing quality post-secondary educational opportunities to the communities we serve.

Assessment of student learning is an integral part of curriculum development and revision. It documents that learning has occurred and provides a rational basis for making purposeful changes to curriculum content and pedagogy.

Assessment of student learning has the intent to improve student learning (the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired through study and practice).

Through the assessment process, General Education Goals , Degree Program Objectives and Course Objectives are assessed to compare student learning objectives (desired learning) to student learning outcomes (what actually was learned) and use the information generated by these comparisons to make programmatic and pedagogical changes to improve student learning.

Objectives:

The Faculty Assessment Coordinator at Missouri State University-West Plains seeks to support quality student learning and to foster excellence in educational practices by establishing and maintaining a culture of assessment and continual improvement at the course, program, and institutional levels. The basic focus of our assessment program is "The primary purpose of academic assessment is to improve student learning." Its primary responsibilities are to:

  • work with the faculty, and the Assessment Committee to develop and implement a broad plan for assessing student learning outcomes in our degree programs and courses.
  • work with academic units to develop and implement plans for student learning outcomes assessment to improve student learning.
  • serve as an assessment resource to the university community and work with the Office of Academic Affairs to provide professional development opportunities related to the understanding and use of contemporary theory and practice in educational assessment.
  • improve communication about assessment across the institution through a variety of information sources, including both internal and external reports, workshops and presentations, the Assessment Web Page , the Assessment Newsletter and individual consultations with faculty members and department chairs. The Faculty Assessment Coordinator will also establish a dialogue with assessment constituents from outside the institution.

At Missouri State University-West Plains, assessment occurs on three levels:

  • At the Institution / University level where our General Education Learning Objectives represent the assessable goals, assessment focuses on the abilities, attitudes, and behaviors that the sum of students' experiences at Missouri State University-West Plains have imparted and/or reinforced;
  • At the Degree Program level where learning involves the content knowledge and or skills for General Education transfer to upper division institutions, or for a professional or technical degree; and finally,
  • At the most basic level, the Course , where faculty assess student outcomes based on specific course objectives and gain feedback from students about their ongoing classroom experience.

Purpose and Objectives:

The primary purpose of academic assessment is to improve student learning.


"The idea of focusing on learning rather than teaching requires that we rethink our role and the role of the students in the learning process. To focus on learning rather than teaching, we must challenge our basic assumptions about how people learn and what the roles of teacher should be. We must un-learn previously acquired teaching habits. We must grapple with fundamental questions about the roles of assessment and feed-back in learning"
Huba, Mary and Jan Freed. Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses: Shifting the Focus from Teaching to Learning. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2000.

Assessment is the process that evaluates the university learning experience with the purpose of continual improvement and has the objective of assuring the accomplishment of the mission of Missouri State University-West Plains.

Mission:


Missouri State University-West Plains is a teaching and learning institution providing quality post-secondary educational opportunities to the communities we serve.
 

Assessment of student learning is an integral part of curriculum development and revision. It documents that learning has occurred and provides a rational basis for making purposeful changes to curriculum content and pedagogy.

Assessment of student learning has the intent to improve student learning (the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired through study and practice).

Through the assessment process, General Education Goals , Degree Program Objectives and Course Objectives are assessed to compare student learning objectives (desired learning) to student learning outcomes (what actually was learned) and use the information generated by these comparisons to make programmatic and pedagogical changes to improve student learning.

Objectives:

The Faculty Assessment Coordinator at Missouri State University-West Plains seeks to support quality student learning and to foster excellence in educational practices by establishing and maintaining a culture of assessment and continual improvement at the course, program, and institutional levels. The basic focus of our assessment program is "The primary purpose of academic assessment is to improve student learning." Its primary responsibilities are to:

  • work with the faculty, and the Assessment Committee to develop and implement a broad plan for assessing student learning outcomes in our degree programs and courses.
  • work with academic units to develop and implement plans for student learning outcomes assessment to improve student learning.
  • serve as an assessment resource to the university community and work with the Office of Academic Affairs to provide professional development opportunities related to the understanding and use of contemporary theory and practice in educational assessment.
  • improve communication about assessment across the institution through a variety of information sources, including both internal and external reports, workshops and presentations, the Assessment Web Page , the Assessment Newsletter and individual consultations with faculty members and department chairs. The Faculty Assessment Coordinator will also establish a dialogue with assessment constituents from outside the institution.

At Missouri State University-West Plains, assessment occurs on three levels:

  • At the Institution / University level where our General Education Learning Objectives represent the assessable goals, assessment focuses on the abilities, attitudes, and behaviors that the sum of students' experiences at Missouri State University-West Plains have imparted and/or reinforced;
  • At the Degree Program level where learning involves the content knowledge and or skills for General Education transfer to upper division institutions, or for a professional or technical degree; and finally,
  • At the most basic level, the Course , where faculty assess student outcomes based on specific course objectives and gain feedback from students about their ongoing classroom experience.