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Metropolitan State University of Denver Learning Outcomes

All academic programs are required to develop and implement a student learning outcomes assessment plan.  These plans include a wide variety of direct measures including evaluation of written work using standardized rubrics, locally developed context examinations, and the ETS Major Field Test.   Artifacts are gathered through key courses that occur at the end of the student experience (the University has a Senior Experience graduation requirement) and/or at other critical points in the academic program (early and middle). 

Faculty in the academic programs determine the appropriate artifacts to collect from relevant courses.  The data are aggregated and analyzed within each academic program.  Each fall, a peer review process occurs whereby the annual assessment reports are evaluated by teams of faculty against a standard set of questions and an overall rating of the assessment plan and its implementation is derived.  Constructive feedback for improvement of the assessment plan and/or its implementation is also generated. 

More information may be found on the Academic Assessment web site

http://www.msudenver.edu/assessment/

In addition, an extensive assessment program for the General Studies program has been developed.  Each course within the nine General Studies categories will be sampled for student artifacts.  These artifacts will be evaluated by trained raters using standardized rubrics developed by faculty who teach in General Studies courses.  Data will be shared with the General Studies Program Assessment Committee which will generate reports of findings that will be shared broadly with the University community. 

The data collection and analysis rotation begins in Fall 2013.  Courses in the Written Communication, Oral Communication and Quantitative Literacy categories are first in the rotation for data collection and analysis.  The following year, artifacts will be collected from courses within the Arts and Humanities, Historical and Global categories.  In the third year of the initial rotation, artifacts will be collected from courses within the Social and Behavioral Sciences I and II categories and the Natural and Physical Science category.  Artifacts must be collected from each course within a category.  Departments through which courses are offered may opt to gather artifacts from a random sample of students across multiple sections of a course or from all students within sections. 

More information may be found on the General Studies web site

http://www.msudenver.edu/generalstudies/