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Evidence of Student Learning Concordia University. Elizabeth Owolabi, Ph.D. Katherine Brandon, M.A. Agenda. Background Assessment of General Education Analysis of General Education Data Results Recommendations Discussion. Background. Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)

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Evidence of Student LearningConcordia University

Elizabeth Owolabi, Ph.D.

Katherine Brandon, M.A.


  • Background

  • Assessment of General Education

  • Analysis of General Education Data

  • Results

  • Recommendations

  • Discussion


  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)

    Engaging Evidence Consortium Project

  • Rationale for Joining the Consortium

  • Facilitate the creation of a culture of student learning and assessment

Assessment of General Education

  • ETS Proficiency Profile Test

  • Critical thinking

  • College level reading

  • Writing

  • Mathematics

  • Humanities

  • Social sciences

  • Natural sciences

Demographic Variables

Age; Best Language; Credit Hours; Curriculum Completed; Enrollment Status; Ethnicity; Gender; GPA; Hours Working; Major; Program Enrolled; and Transfer Status.

ETS Proficiency Profile Test

  • Reviewed mean scores and identified trends

  • Total mean score on the ETS Proficiency Profile test has a possible range of 400-500

  • Sub scores have a possible range of 100-130


Observed that students’ performances were consistent from one year to the next on each of the sub scores. When we compared freshmen and seniors’ performances on: critical thinking, reading, writing, mathematics, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; there was only a 4 point difference between freshmen and seniors over the last five years on each of the sub scores.

ETS Proficiency Profile

Demographic Analysis Report

Total Mean Scores by Academic Year


Performance by Cohort and Curriculum Completed

Performance by Cohort and Credit Hours


  • Develop signature assignments and rubrics to assess general education program based upon the new general education outcomes once established and approved. The signature assignments can be embedded in courses within the general education program to assess these outcomes. The assessment data will be entered in the Outcomes Assessment system in Black Board (BB).

  • Eliminate one of the testing windows since the data is limited in usage and no item analysis can be done. Another method of assessing this information should be developed even if the tests are deemed worth repeating as we do currently.

  • Reconvene the assessment committee to analyze our current assessment data and make recommendations to the faculty senate.

Next Steps

  • Present at the Academic Cabinet meeting

  • Participate in the first Engaging Evidence Webinar on Tuesday April 3, 2012

  • Attend the Consortium meeting, in Washington, DC from August 5-7, 2012

  • Share the findings at the fall orientation faculty forum

  • Reconvene the Assessment Committee

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