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Cameron University's comprehensive outcomes assessment program, mandated by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, consists of entry level assessment, general education assessment, program outcomes assessment, and student satisfaction assessment. Participation by students may be required as a condition of enrollment, continued enrollment, or graduation.

Cameron University administered the ACT CAAP in 2013 - 2014.

Cameron University conducted a Senior-only benchmarked administration of the ACT CAAP in 2013 - 2014. The results are displayed below in the SLO Results tab.

For additional information on CU’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?

Cameron University has administered the ACT CAAP writing exam in randomly selected sections of Composition II since Spring 1997 to measure students' ability to write.   Data from the ACT CAAP exam has been used to measure the general education student learning outcome dealing with Communications. Administering the CAAP exams to seniors allows us to see what improvements have been made in students' writing ability.

Which Cameron University students are assessed? When?

In the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters, the ACT CAAP exams in critical thinking and writing were administered to seniors enrolled in capstone courses.

How are assessment data collected?

After the students have finished taking the ACT CAAP exams for the semester, tests are returned to ACT CAAP for scoring.

How are data reported within Cameron University?

Student's scores on the ACT CAAP critical thinking exam and writing exam are returned to the department.  Each department is encouraged to examine how their students as a cohort did on the exam.  Departments that have critical thinking and/or writing program student learning outcomes are encouraged to use the scores to assess those program outcomes.

Additionally, scores on the ACT CAAP critical thinking and writing exams are used as measurements for two general education student learning outcomes. 


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

Cameron University faculty use the scores from the ACT CAAP exams to determine strengths and weaknesses in student learning and make improvements based on the results.

Our graduating seniors who took the CAAP exams are representative of the graduating seniors in terms of gender, race/ethnicity, and being Pell grant recipients.

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 CU, senior students who completed the ACT CAAP Critical Thinking test (n=197) scored higher than 66% of seniors at all other CLA-participating institutions in Spring 2013.

At CU, senior students who completed the ACT CAAP Written Communication test (n=205) scored higher than 59% of seniors at all other CLA-participating institutions in Spring 2013.

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