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All degree programs have developed assessment processes to improve student learning. These continuous improvement processes consist of identifying student learning outcomes, identifying/developing measures of those outcomes, measuring the outcomes, using the results to identify areas of change, making appropriate changes, and continuing the process by measuring student learning again. The process has developed differently for different programs. For example, the majority of programs have collected data to measure their outcomes and to inform change. Other programs have used the process initially to make explicit changes in focus and direction and have spent more time re-writing outcomes, developing measurement instruments, and, in several cases, rewriting curriculum to map on to those more explicitly developed outcomes.
In addition to assessment in degree programs, the University also evaluates student learning in six core areas of competency as specified by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV). These areas include Written Communication, Oral Communication, Quantitative Reasoning, Critical Thinking, and Information Technology Literacy.
Current information on Virginia Tech's approach to the assessment of these competencies can be found on SCHEV's web site.
As the pilot project comes to a close, it is important to evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot project within the College Portrait and to disclose the results to the public. All VSA participating institutions are encouraged to report their results; VT's report on their pilot experiences is available here. Institutions who have not posted SLO results from one of the three VSA approved value-added pilot measures by the end of September 2012 are required to report their results here.
Our institutional approach to the measurement of student learning is campus-based and improvement-oriented. We have found the AAC&U rubrics to be a much better tool for providing us meaningful data that will inform improvement of teaching and learning.