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The Planning, Assessment, and Budgeting Cycle is the ongoing and institution-wide planning and evaluation process through which the University monitors the effectiveness of its units, programs, and services to inform decision making in the areas of resource allocation and budgeting to support the University’s mission. The assessment component of the Cycle is the ongoing process through which units plan, monitor, and evaluate the effectiveness of programs, operations, resources, and services in meeting the University’s mission and strategic initiatives. The University and its units identify expected outcomes, assess whether or not the outcomes are achieved, and provide action plans for continuous improvement based on the analysis of the results (SACSCOC Comprehensive Standard 3.3.1, The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, 2012). The Student Learning Outcomes Report is produced annually to document the continuous improvement of student learning and are required by all educational programs. This report shall focus on student learning outcomes; however, units may also include assessments of program curricula and teaching effectiveness.

Learning Assessment Examples

Kentucky State University administered the ACT CAAP in 2009 - 2014.

Kentucky State University conducted a Senior-only benchmarked administration of the ACT CAAP in 2009 - 2014. The results are displayed below in the SLO Results tab.

For additional information on KSU’s process for administering ACT CAAP, please click on the Assessment Process Tab below. For information on the students included in the administration, please click the Students Tested Tab.

Why did you choose the ACT CAAP for your institutional assessment?

Kentucky State University chose the ACT CAAP for the institutional assessment to assess, enhance student learning, as well as, evaluate the general education program. As well as for document performance gain to document how students’ skill levels have grown while enrolled.

Which Kentucky State University students are assessed? When?

Freshmen were assessed in 2010 and Seniors were assessed in 2014.

How are assessment data collected?

Freshmen were assessed with the ACT CAAP in 2010, through Freshmen Orientation classes.

Seniors were tested ACT CAAP in 2014 through the University Testing Center.

How are data reported within Kentucky State University?

The ACT CAAP was aggregated and analyzed in 2016. Evaluation feedback was provided to program areas and university committees for review and reccomendations.  

How are assessment data at KSU used to guide program improvements?

Data is used for various program area reviews, revisions and to support student success initiatives.

The administration of the CAAP is as follows:

In 2010 there were 399 Freshmen tested, 56% female and 66% African American.

In 2014 there were 70 Seniors tested, 63% female and 60% African American.

Further analysis for program specific outcomes and individual student success is ongoing.

The VSA advises institutions to follow assessment publisher guidelines for determining the appropriate number of students to test. In the absence of publisher guidelines, the VSA provides sample size guidelines for institutions based on a 95% confidence interval and 5% margin of error. So long as the tested sample demographics represent the student body, this means we can be 95% certain that the "true" population learning outcomes are with +/- 5% of the reported results. For more information on Sampling, please refer to the Research Methods Knowledge Base

At KSU, senior students who completed the ACT CAAP Critical Thinking test (n=70) scored higher than 59% of seniors at all other CLA-participating institutions in Spring 2009.

At KSU, senior students who completed the ACT CAAP Written Communication test (n=70) scored higher than 60% of seniors at all other CLA-participating institutions in Spring 2009.

As KSU did not participate in a value-added administration, scores are not adjusted to account for the incoming ability of KSU students.

Writing Detail

The charts below show the distribution of student scores on the ACT CAAP Written Communication Test. The ACT CAAP Written Communication Test is scored on a rubric with scores ranging from 1 to 6 at intervals of .5 with 6 representing a higher or better score. Each student’s response is scored by two raters; the ratings distributions for each rater are shown below. The Overall Writing Score is an average of the two ratings

Critical Thinking Detail

The chart below shows the distribution of student scores on the ACT CAAP Critical Thinking Test. Students receive a scaled score between 1 and 80, with 80 representing a higher or better score