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Missouri Southern State University Learning Outcomes

The center uses nationally standardized and locally developed tests and other measurement tools to evaluate core educational outcomes and academic values described in the Assessment Plan. MSSU outcomes assessment strategies target:

  1. Institutional efficacy, through research and assessment of:
    1. School, department, and core curriculum programs, and
    2. Academic and developmental outcomes of graduating seniors
  2. Students’ views and attitudes, and their expectations and ratings of academic programs and student services, in order to:
    1. Enhance student satisfaction and engagement, and
    2.  Ensure student retention and degree completion

Missouri Southern State University administered the ETS Proficiency Profile in 2014.

Missouri Southern State University conducted a Senior-only benchmarked administration of the ETS Proficiency Profile in 2014. The results are displayed below in the SLO Results tab.

For additional information on MSSU’s process for administering ETS Proficiency Profile, 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 ETS Proficiency Profile for your institutional assessment?

 

The Proficiency Profile is a measure of college-level reading, mathematics, writing, and critical thinking in the context of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.  The PP test is designed for colleges and universities to assess their general education outcomes, so they may improve the quality of instruction and learning. It focuses on the academic skills developed through general education courses, rather than on the knowledge acquired about the subjects taught in these courses.


Which Missouri Southern State University students are assessed? When?

First-time students are assessed at the beginning of the Fall semester.  Seniors are assessed during the semester they are scheduled to graduate.


How are assessment data collected?

The Proficiency Profile test is an integrated test of four academic skills (critical thinking, reading, writing & mathematics), and measures these skills in three contexts: humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.  Students are given either a paper-and-pencil or computer-delivered versions of the assessment.


How are data reported within Missouri Southern State University?

The Proficiency Profile test is an integrated test of four academic skills (critical thinking, reading, writing & mathematics), and measures these skills in three contexts: humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.  Students are given either a paper-and-pencil or computer-delivered versions of the assessment.


How have data led to program changes and improvements at MSSU?

The Proficiency Profile test yields multiple indicators for students and groups of students.  These indicators provide the specific information institutions need to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses in their curriculum and teaching methods.  Since institutions have multiple needs in using assessment instruments, the PP test provides a total score, scaled subscores and proficiency classifications at both the group and individual student levels.


Norm-referenced scores(scaled scores) compare the scores of one student or group of students to another, or the same student or group at different points in time.

  • Scores are used for benchmarking or for determining value-added learning gains by conducting a longitudinal or cross-sectional study.
  • Scores are reported both graphically and numerically with a confidence band around the institutional mean scores.
  • The ETS Proficiency Profile offers eight norm-referenced scores:
    • Total Score
    • Skills subscores (critical thinking, reading, writing and mathematics)
    • Context subscores (humanities, social sciences and natural sciences)

Criterion-referenced scores(proficiency classifications) measure the level of proficiency obtained on a certain skill set.

  • Scores are used for curriculum improvement and individual student progress.
  • Scores are reported both graphically and numerically, showing percentages at each level.
  • The ETS Proficiency Profile provides nine criterion-referenced scores:
    • Mathematics (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3)
    • Writing (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3)
    • Reading (Level 1, Level 2, Level3/Critical Thinking)

  

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 MSSU, senior students who completed the ETS Proficiency Profile Critical Thinking test (n=774) scored higher than 0% of seniors at all other ETS Proficiency Profile-participating institutions in Spring 2014.

At MSSU, senior students who completed the ETS Proficiency Profile Written Communication test (n=774) scored higher than 0% of seniors at all other ETS Proficiency Profile-participating institutions in Spring 2014.

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


Critical Thinking Detail

The chart below shows the distribution of student scores on the ETS Proficiency Profile Critical Thinking test. Students are scored as Not Proficient, Marginal, or Proficient.



Written Communication Detail

The charts below show the distribution of student scores on the three levels of the ETS Proficiency Profile Writing Test. Students are scored as Not Proficient, Marginal, or Proficient on each level. Writing 3 represents more advanced writing skill than Writing 2, which represents more advanced writing skill than Writing 1.