Assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness at Augustana
General Education Assessment Plan: Augustana's faculty approved a plan to assess student learning in the General Education (Gen Ed) curriculum in the spring of 2019. Faculty volunteers piloted a preliminary version of the plan in 2019-20. The pilot experience informed the design of the finalized assessment plan that will commence in 2020-21. The six Learning Perspectives (PA, PH, PL, PN, PP, PS), three Skills Suffixes (D, G, Q), and Senior Inquiry (SI)-designated courses will be assessed on a 5-year cycle, starting with PH and D-designated courses in 2020-21. Review the assessment plan for details about expectations and timelines.
- PH assessment proposal form
- D assessment proposal form
- Example assessment reports drawn from the 2019-20 pilot can be found in the Gen Ed Moodle Site
First Year Survey: We also administer a survey to our students at the end of their first term and at the end of their first year. View the 2016-17 results, 2015-16 results, 2014-15 results, the 2013-14 results.
Other Surveys: Augustana also administers the Global Perspectives Inventory, a student readiness survey, and a motivation study among other surveys.
Recent Alumni Survey: Recent alumni are surveyed approximately 9 months after graduation. View the results with NACE comparisons for the 2015-16 graduates, 2014-15 graduates, 2013-14 graduates, or the 2012-13 graduates.
Teagle Study: Augustana participated in a Teagle Senior Capstone Study.
We're excited that the learning gains our students demonstrated through these surveys and studies, combined with our assessment practices, led the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) to use Augustana as an example and highlight us in a publication!
Resources for gathering and using course level feedback
We use The IDEA Center.
Here is a Powerpoint presentation about using The IDEA Center SRI at Augustana.
Would you like more ideas on how to use your feedback from The IDEA Center? Check out their blog.
How do the IDEA center objectives align with college student learning outcomes or Program goals? Here is an idea of how to start and a course level to college level template as well as a program level to college level template.
The IDEA Center process should not be the only method for gathering evidence on teaching and learning. We can assist with developing other methods of assessing student learning.
Increasing student investment in the first three weeks. A Powerpoint of the presentation from faculty retreat 2014.
Consent form for sharing student work. There are several consent forms for e-portfolio use as well available on Moodle.
Augustana College is a member of the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium, which consists of 129 small, private, nonprofit institutions around the country that are committed to sharing and using information to more fully enact their missions and promote effective liberal arts education.