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Learning Assessment

Tau Kadhi

Office of Learning Assessment

Contact Information:
Tau Kadhi, PhD
AVP for Learning Assessment
Academic Affairs
806.651.3452
tkadhi@wtamu.edu

About

In order to support the mission of West Texas A&M University (WTAMU), the Office of Learning Assessment coordinates the systematic institutional and program level annual assessments of three major areas of student learning. We refer to these areas as: 1) Discipline Specific Knowledge (DSK), 2) the university Academic Core Curriculum (Core), and 3) the university General Learning Outcomes (GLOs) (see Figure 1). Other universities may reference General Education (Gen Ed) as one major area, but WTAMU’s Gen Ed separates the Core and the GLOs, allowing us a finer granular assessment report of the components of our Gen Ed.

Conceptual representation of the three major areas of learning assessment and annual reporting at WTAMU

Figure 1. Conceptual representation of the three major areas of learning assessment and annual reporting at WTAMU

University Annual Cycle of Learning Assessment

All three of WTAMU major learning assessment areas follow the same annual cycle of reporting (see Figure 2). These eight common reporting steps allow us to establish routines of gathering, retaining, and summarizing quantitative and qualitative information and administrative and student data.

Learning Assessment Planning, acting, gathering cycle

Sept 1
Assessment Plan Due
Fall and Spring Semesters
Jun 30
Assessment Report/Data Dissemination Profiles Due
Aug 31
Plans of Action Due
1.    Articulate Mission
2.    Identify Objectives and Outcomes
3.    Determine Methods to Gather Evidence
4.    Set Criteria
5. Gather Evidence
6. Review and Analyze Results
7.    Recommend actions
8.    Make changes (Document per curriculum committee when required)
PLANNING PHASE
GATHERING EVIDENCE PHASE
ACTION PHASE
Figure 2. The University Annual Learning Assessment Reporting Cycle

All units reporting University or program level assessments are recorded and reported to the Provost office via WTAMU’s Assessment Audit Worksheet (see Figure 3 below). At a glance, administrative stakeholders can use this worksheet to monitor learning assessment reporting throughout the university to see how departments or programs are using data to inform their decisions and continuously improve.