Institutional Assessment

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Examples of Rubrics Being Used in Program Learning Outcomes Assessment

This Rubrics Library offers the tools being developed by faculty and staff as part of their Program Learning Outcomes Plans and process. We received these from program assessment plan leaders after Assessment Day in May 2012.

All materials here have been reviewed by the leaders. We expect to have approximately 32 samples of rubrics, checklists, and other examples. This library will grow throughout the 2013 fall semester.

Please contact us directly with any questions.

Examples of Nationally-Developed Rubrics are available through The Association of American Colleges and Universities

 

General Education- 2005: Draft Rubrics Critical Thinking
General Education- 2007: Final Rubrics Communication and Critical Thinking

Item Number
Academic Program/Discipline and Contact
Summary of Plan Sample Type and PDF
   
1

Accounting Technology
Contact: Cecil Battiste

The faculty members working within the Accounting Technology program area have developed a plan focused on students' evaluation of financial information using a budget assignment with an analytic rubric. Their next steps will be to revise the assessment and also begin using the "Monopoly Project" to evaluate their first learning outcome. One interesting finding from their work - the quantitative skills of students assessed are adequate, they would like to strengthen the students' qualitative skills - improving the way they write reports and memos based on their analyses. They would like their graduates to be able to serve as business advisors with strong communication skills. Please contact Cecil Battiste for more information (or to be directed to the most current group leader if there has been a change.) Accounting Rubric
2

Baking and Pastry Management
Contact: Ken Bourgoin

The faculty members working within the Baking and Pastry Management program area have developed a plan focused on the overall performance of students on specific assignments, exams, and activities as documented through a portfolio process. They will continue to use this approach and work to check on students' understanding of the criteria earlier in the term. A major finding arose from their work as they learned that 75% of the work was done accurately with 25% sent back for correction (and 10% from that group receiving a penalty towards the final grade. Please contact Pierre Pilloud for more information (or to be directed to the most current group leader if there has been a change.) Culinary Rubric
3
Criminal Justice Technology
Contact: Brian Murphy
The faculty members working within the Criminal Justice Technology program area have developed a plan focused on a student essay as part of a case study involving a burglary scenario. This plan will be implemented in Fall 2012 (in CJE 2600) using a grading checklist. Please contact James McDonald for more information (or to be directed to the most current group leader if there has been a change.) Criminal Justice Assessment
4
Dance Performance (AA Pre-Major)
Contact: Suzanne Salapa
The faculty members working within the Dance Performance (AA Pre-Major) program area have developed a plan focused on the evaluation of student performance in dance using a structured rubric and resulting in a video of the performance. As a result of this year's program assessment the learning outcomes were reduced from four to three - as the fourth (the fitness principle) was difficult to measure. An additional class is being added (Modern Dance III) to strengthen the support of student performance. Their assessment tool has been streamlined with feedback from each person using it. Please contact Suzanne Salapa for more information (or to be directed to the most current group leader if there has been a change.) Dance Rubric
5
Digital Media
Contact: Rob McCaffrey
The faculty members working within the Digital Media for Video and Motion Graphics program assess student video projects, in which students are asked to apply the skills taught throughout the program. Students were challenged in terms of their audio collection skills and their ability to tell stories. The Digital Story faculty will work more closely with the Sound Media instructor to better prepare the students. The instructors, as subject matter experts, are going to create the upcoming year's assessment. They are looking into adding courses in audio and lighting - while also adding motion graphics projects. Please contact Matt Messenger for more information (or to be directed to the most current group leader if there has been a change.)

Digital Media Assessment

Motion Graphics Assessment

6
Graphics Technology
Contact: Amanda Kern
The faculty members working within the Graphics Technology program area have developed a plan that draws on their student portfolios assessed using a rubric by experts in the field. The artifacts collected will be used for a range of learning outcomes - the work spans process samples, resumes, promotional materials and other pieces. As a result of the most recent assessment workshops will be offered to help students learn how to digitize their work earlier in the program. Please contact Kristy Pennino for more information (or to be directed to the most current group leader if there has been a change.)

Evaluation

Self- Evaluation

 

7
History
Contact: Carl Creasman
The faculty members working within the History program area have developed a plan focused on an assessment of the student understanding of historical time period and the role of diverse subgroups. They provide criteria for faculty to assess, they do not require a specific assignment; 80% of students we rated as "good" and found to satisfactorily meet the expectation for this outcome. Please contact Carl Creasman for more information (or to be directed to the most current group leader if there has been a change.) History Checklist
8
Landscape and Horticulture Technology
Contact: Javier Garces
The faculty members working within the Landscape and Horticulture Technology program area have developed a plan using student writing demonstrating their writing skills paired with related research into career opportunities in their profession. Please contact Javier Garces for more information (or to be directed to the most current group leader if there has been a change.) Horticulture Rubric
9
Nursing, RN
Contact: Anita Kovalsky
The faculty members working within the Nursing, RN program area have developed a plan using the results of a simulation administering an intervention for a designated group of patients. Faculty members plan to review the standardized achievement exam results and National Board reports in reinforce the skills associated with safe clinical decision-making. Please contact Anita Kovalsky for more information (or to be directed to the most current group leader if there has been a change.) Nursing Rubric
10
Office Administration
Contact: Marie Howard
The faculty members working within the Office Administration program area have developed a plan focused on the results of student performance (production tests) on real work activities typically used in office settings (for example creating business letters.) Please contact Betty Wanielista for more information (or to be directed to the most current group leader if there has been a change.)

Report Checklist
Letter Checklist
Memo Checklist
Table Checklist

11

Paralegal Studies
Contact: Wendy Toscano

The faculty members working within the Paralegal Studies program have developed a plan which assesses student performance through a review of students’ portfolios.  Paralegal Studies students in Legal Research & Theory III produce a portfolio of their practical skill application assignments completed throughout the program.  Attending the most recent assessment review were four industry members and three paralegal faculty, along with a College facilitator.  Each person reviewed two randomly selected portfolios.  Each reviewer completed a checklist indicating whether they believed that program outcomes were met.  Reviewers had an opportunity to discuss the portfolios among themselves and to make recommendations for the program.  Please contact Wendy Toscano for more information.

Paralegal Studies Checklist
12
Student Life Skills
Contact: Jenny Lee
The faculty members working within the Student Life Skills program area have developed a plan drawing on student artifacts (Learning Reflections) from the Study Skills section of the Course Portfolio. Students achieved approximately 40% of the learning objectives, and as part of the next steps they are pursuing faculty development geared at teaching strategies for the SLS 1122 Learning Portfolio and updated materials for new and returning faculty members. Please contact Chip Turner for more information (or to be directed to the most current group leader if there has been a change.)

Academic Planning Rubric
Career Exploration Rubric
Self Discovery Rubric
Study Skills Rubric
Portfolio Grading Rubric

 

Examples from Valencia

Examples from Other Colleges

Related Reports

 

Examples from Valencia College
Academic Program/Discipline Plan Summary Assessment Plan 2012-2013 Improvement Plan
       
Dance Performance (AA Pre-Major)
Contact: Suzanne Salapa
The faculty members working within the Dance Performance (AA Pre-Major) program area have developed a plan focused on the evaluation of student performance in dance using a structured rubric and resulting in a video of the performance. As a result of this year's program assessment the learning outcomes were reduced from four to three - as the fourth (the fitness principle) was difficult to measure. An additional class is being added (Modern Dance III) to strengthen the support of student performance. Their assessment tool has been streamlined with feedback from each person using it. Please contact Suzanne Salapa for more information (or to be directed to the most current group leader if there has been a change.) Dance Plan Dance Improvement Plan
Dental Hygiene
Contact: Pam Sandy
The faculty members working within the Dental Hygiene program area have developed a plan focused on several program learning outcomes drawing on case documentation papers, daily clinical treatment decisions, and oral presentations. While the faculty developed a rubric they also used the Dental Hygiene Clinic manual as part of the assessment; data from 2010 and 2011 were compared as part of this process. Over time there was a slight decline in oral presentations and an upward trend in the written work of students from term to term. The results of the assessment have caused them to look into ways of better evaluating evidence-based decision-making using a performance assessment. Please contact Pam Sandy for more information (or to be directed to the most current group leader if there has been a change.) Dental Hygiene Plan Dental Hygiene Improvement Plan
Emergency Medical Services Technology
Contact: Andrea Brody
The faculty members working within the Emergency Medical Services Technology program area have developed a plan focused on student communication skills - with patients, family members, physicians, and healthcare team members. Physicians participated in the evaluation of students, which was conducted according to a national standard of critical care intervention. The faculty plan to track student progress in the program by expanding the evaluation from one term to two terms. Please contact Andrea Brody for more information (or to be directed to the most current group leader if there has been a change.) EMS Plan EMS Improvement Plan
Film Production Technology
Contact: Ralph Clemente
The faculty members working within the Film Production Technology program area have developed an assessment of students' performance as they work on a film crew applying the skills they have learned throughout the program. The student evaluation includes feedback from professionals they work alongside on the feature film. A stronger emphasis on student skills with equipment may be brought into the curriculum. The faculty use feedback from an Advisory board and industry professionals as they continue to develop the assessment. Please contact Ralph Clemente for more information (or to be directed to the most current group leader if there has been a change.) Film Production Plan Film Production Improvement Plan
Graphics Technology
Contact: Kristy Pennino or Meg Curtiss
The faculty members working within the Graphics Technology program area have developed a plan that draws on their student portfolios assessed using a rubric by experts in the field. The artifacts collected will be used for a range of learning outcomes - the work spans process samples, resumes, promotional materials and other pieces. As a result of the most recent assessment workshops will be offered to help students learn how to digitize their work earlier in the program. Please contact Kristy Pennino or Meg Curtiss for more information (or to be directed to the most current group leader if there has been a change.) Graphics Tech Plan Graphics Tech Improvement Plan

Nursing, RN
Contact: Anita Kovalsky

The faculty members working within the Nursing, RN program area have developed a plan using the results of a simulation administering an intervention for a designated group of patients. Faculty members plan to review the standardized achievement exam results and National Board reports to reinforce the skills associated with safe clinical decision-making. Please contact Anita Kovalsky for more information (or to be directed to the most current group leader if there has been a change.) Nursing Plan Nursing Improvement Plan

Examples from Other Colleges

College Department and Program - Nationally Recognized Resources
http://www.learningoutcomeassessment.org/CollegesUniversityPrograms.html

Examples of Good Assessment Practice: Institution List
http://learningoutcomeassessment.org/CaseStudiesInstitutions.html

Down and In: Assessment Practices at the Program Level (June 2011) Researchers from the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) surveyed program heads in the two and four-year sectors to gain a more complete picture of assessment activity at the program or department level.
http://www.learningoutcomesassessment.org/documents/NILOAsurveyreport2011.pdf

 

Related Reports

Engaging Departments in Assessing Student Learning: Overcoming Common Obstacles
By Jo Michelle Beld, St. Olaf College
PeerReview - Winter 2010, Vol. 12, No. 1
http://www.aacu.org/peerreview/pr-wi10/pr-wi10_Beld.cfm

Levels of Assessment
By Ross Miller and Andrea Leskes, AAC&U
http://www.aacu.org/pdf/LevelsOfAssessment.pdf