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The University of Texas at San Antonio Learning Outcomes

Assessment of student learning outcomes is an integral part of the Teaching-Learning process. The purpose is to enhance a student's opportunity to acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes/values provided through all aspects of instruction. The assessment of student learning at the program level relies on faculty expertise and experience. Information derived from the assessment of student learning will be used to facilitate student learning and development, to promote faculty and staff growth, to improve the quality of academic programs, and to achieve the university's mission in accordance with the strategic plan.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio administered the CLA in 2015.

The University of Texas at San Antonio conducted a Value-added administration of the CLA in 2015. The results are displayed below in the SLO Results tab.

For additional information on UTSA’s process for administering CLA, 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 CLA for your institutional assessment?

We use the CLA to assess the effectiveness of our institution’s core curriculum.

Which The University of Texas at San Antonio students are assessed? When?

Two assessments are conducted every year. A random sample of First-time in college (FTIC) freshmen are assessed in the fall. Seniors are randomly chosen and assessed in the spring.

How are assessment data collected?

The assessment of learning outcomes is embedded across all of UTSA academic programs and departments. Each academic program identifies expected Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), determines appropriate measurement tools (rubrics, tests, or surveys) for evaluating those outcomes, and evaluates them according to a university-wide assessment. Programs are expected to use direct methods of assessment, which are supplemented by indirect measures, such as the results from the CLA, where appropriate.

How are data reported within The University of Texas at San Antonio?

We review standard reports from the CLA to assess student learning and have not performed additional analysis.

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

UTSA used the data to guide improvements in its core curriculum and support the core curriculum assessment process.

Of 4983 freshmen students eligible to be tested, 200 (4%) were included in the tested sample at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Of 8573 senior students eligible to be tested, 190 (2%) were included in the tested sample at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Probability sampling, where a small randomly selected sample of a larger population can be used to estimate the learning gains in the entire population with statistical confidence, provides the foundation for campus-level student learning outcomes assessment at many institutions. It's important, however, to review the demographics of the tested sample of students to ensure that the proportion of students within a given group in the tested sample is close to the proportion of students in that group in the total population. Differences in proportions don't mean the results aren't valid, but they do mean that institutions need to use caution in interpreting the results for the groups that are under-represented in the tested sample.

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown

  Freshmen Seniors
Eligible Students Tested Students Eligible Students Tested Students
Gender Female 53% 34% 48% 62%
Male 47% 65% 52% 38%
Other or Unknown <1% <1% <1% <1%
US Underrepresented Minority 75% 82% 62% 32%
White / Caucasian 23% 16% 31% 60%
International 2% <1% 3% <1%
Unknown <1% 2% 4% 6%
Low-income (Eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant) <1% <1% <1% <1%

The sample of first-year student included a higher proportion of females, Hispanic, and African-American/Black student than exist in our student body.  The senior sample for 14-15 included only fourteen students and is not representative of our population.  We are reviewing the CLA administration procedures and considering other assessments going forward.

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

The increase in learning on the performance task is at or near what would be expected at an institution testing students of similar academic abilities.

The increase in learning on the analytic writing task is at or near what would be expected at an institution testing students of similar academic abilities.