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The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Learning Outcomes

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke identifies expected outcomes for its educational programs, including student learning outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and uses the results of the assessment to make improvements to its programs.  Each academic department is required to have a plan for the assessment of student learning outcomes unique to the individual department/program.  Each plan includes a department mission statement, goals and objectives, assessment methods, and use of assessment data.  A General Education Assessment Committee is charged with assessing the degree to which the General Education program is achieving the student learning outcomes as delineated in the program’s goals and objectives (which can be found here: http://www.uncp.edu/academics/2014-15-academic-catalog).   As the measurement of how well UNCP is serving its constituents is at the heart of institutional effectiveness, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) at UNCP is heavily involved in coordinating and conducting university-level assessment efforts to support decision-making and institutional improvement.   For example, OIE administers one of the premier assessments of student learning outcomes, the Collegiate Learning Assessment  (CLA), every three years.  The CLA is an instrument which measures a variety of student learning outcomes: critical thinking, problem solving, analytical reasoning, and writing. Because the focus of the assessment is value added from the first to the senior year of university attendance, the assessment is administered to first-year students in the fall and seniors in the spring.  More on assessment at UNCP can be found here: http://www.uncp.edu/about-uncp/administration/departments/institutional-research/assessment/cla.