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University of North Carolina Wilmington Learning Outcomes

The assessment of student learning guides academic program development and is a critical component of the powerful UNCW learning experience. The university focuses on how every program contributes to student development. All programs have developed learning outcomes that are aligned with the university’s educational goals. The success of our students is assessed using a variety of means: course-embedded assessments, program portfolios, nationally recognized tools such as the Collegiate Learning Assessment, ETS Major Field Tests, the National Survey of Student Engagement, professional certification rates and graduation and retention rates, which are well above state and national averages. In addition to these, our educational programs also utilize annual assessment reporting, academic program review, national and regional awards, and professional accreditation to continually improve the learning experience for all UNCW students. 




University of North Carolina Wilmington administered the ETS Proficiency Profile in 2012.

University of North Carolina Wilmington conducted a Senior-only benchmarked administration of the ETS Proficiency Profile in 2012. The results are displayed below in the SLO Results tab.

For additional information on UNC Wilmington’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?

As one of three VSA-approved instruments for measuring student learning outcomes, the ETS Proficiency Profile is a convenient, cost-effective and versatile choice among general education assessments.

Which University of North Carolina Wilmington students are assessed? When?

Students from every school and college were assessed in the spring and fall semester of 2012.

How are assessment data collected?

Assessment sessions mainly occurred during classes using pen and paper tests. Some students were also assessed using the online version of the test.

How are data reported within University of North Carolina Wilmington?

Assessment Directors for every school and college as well as University Administrators have the opportunity to view reports generated by ETS.

How are assessment data at UNC Wilmington used to guide program improvements?

Results were presented to the Learning Assessment Council. All campus Assessment Directors as well as faculty representatives from each of the colleges and schools on campus are members of this council. The Council is the coordinating body for learning outcomes assessment and evaluation efforts on campus, defined as the systematic collection, evaluation, and use of information for the purpose of improving student learning and enriching the student experience.  The council works with the campus community to provide resources on assessment and to help foster a culture of assessment throughout the university. 

Non-stem departments in the College of Arts and Sciences were overrepresented. Our plan is to include more students from STEM disciplines in the future. 

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 UNC Wilmington, senior students who completed the ETS Proficiency Profile Critical Thinking test (n=296) scored higher than 57% of seniors at all other ETS Proficiency Profile-participating institutions in Spring 2012.

At UNC Wilmington, senior students who completed the ETS Proficiency Profile Written Communication test (n=296) scored higher than 48% of seniors at all other ETS Proficiency Profile-participating institutions in Spring 2012.

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