Current Assessment Activities

NILO Model - Current Assessment Activities

Current assessment activities include information on a full range of projects and activities recently completed or currently underway to gauge student learning, make improvements or respond to accountability interests.

MSU Quality Initiative Project (QIP): Public Affairs Assessment

The Quality Initiative Project (QIP) public affairs assessment is a non-intrusive system for assessing (not grading) student work related to the public affairs mission. In this project, we will gather student work across all disciplines so we may begin to acknowledge students' understanding and integration of the themes of the Public Affairs mission and our diversity goals.

Submitting Student Work

Faculty or staff who want to submit student work should fill out the submission form.  Students who want to submit work directly to the Office of Assessment should email it to or bring a hard copy to Carrington Hall, 422.

Submission Form

Participate by Becoming a Reviewer

Faculty, staff, or students who want to participate in a review workshop to assess student work should fill out the reviewer application.

Reviewer Application

Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE)

BCSSE is administered to incoming students prior to the start of fall classes and is paired with a NSSE administration at the end of the first college year. Missouri State University administered the BCSSE to samples of incoming students in 2008 and 2011, and the results of those surveys and the paired NSSE results can be found here.

National Survey of Student Engagement

NSSE measures how students spend their time and what they gain from attending college.  At Missouri State University, NSSE was administered to first-year and senior students in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2012. This survey is now given every three years and will be given again in spring 2015.  Results from those surveys can be found here.  For more information about the survey, please visit the NSSE website.

GEN 499—University Exit Exam

Undergraduate students at Missouri State University who have successfully completed 90 or more credit hours enroll in GEN 499—University Exit Exam prior to graduation. During this course, students complete the Educational Testing Service (ETS®) Proficiency Profile, which measures general academic knowledge and skills. During fiscal year 2012, the University tested a total of 2,929 graduating seniors representing 95% of undergraduate degree recipients that year.  Results from this exam can be found here.  For more information about the exam, please visit the ETS® Proficiency Profile website.

Public Affairs Scale

All seniors at Missouri State University complete the Public Affairs Scale (PAS) prior to graduation.  This is an internally developed and validated scale designed to measure students' integration of the three themes of the university’s mission in public affairs: cultural competence, community engagement, and ethical leadership.  Results from this scale can be found here.

College and Unit Assessment

Colleges and Units annually report their assessment activities related to discipline-specific learning outcomes and goals. Those reports can be found here.