Measures of Success

Public Affairs and General Education workshop attendance

Each year, since 2013, we host multiple professional development/assessment workshops with an interdisciplinary focus.

These workshops began as a part of our Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Quality Initiative Project to assess student learning related to the university’s Public Affairs Mission.

The process was commended by HLC and has evolved to assess university-wide student learning in the general education program.

Assessment grants

Assessing student learning is an essential component of general education and in the major. Assessment grants support innovative practices in the assessment of student learning and are intended for faculty in their efforts to support and assess student learning in public affairs and general education. See assessment grant numbers broken down by college in the table below:

Section SU17 FA17 SP18 SU18 FA18 SP19 FA19
AG 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
COAL 3 0 0 1 1 2 1
COB 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
COE 0 3 1 0 2 3 2
CHHS 1 1 2 0 1 2 1
CHPA 1 0 0 1 1 1 0
CNAS 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Other 0 1 0 0 0 3 1
Total 6 5 5 3 4 12 6

Conference presentations

To continue learning from our peers, the Office of Assessment staff attend and present at local, regional, and national conferences. See some of our recent presentation information below.

IUPUI 2018 Assessment Institute

  • Date: October 23, 2018
  • Location: Indianapolis, IN
  • Title: "Hacking" Assessment: Saving Time and Labor by Re-Purposing Existing Systems

With the goal of making assessment processes smarter and simpler, Missouri State’s Assessment team has attempted to build on existing infrastructure to avoid duplication of labor, build on proven systems, and integrate data-collection efforts. Several real-life examples of how this has worked at multiple levels of assessment will be presented and discussed. 

A presentation by Student Learning Outcomes Consultant, Mark Woolsey, and Assessment Specialist, Julia Cottrell of the Missouri State University Office of Assessment.

AAC&U Creating a 21st-Century General Education: Responding to Seismic Shifts

  • Date: February 15, 2019
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Title: Administrivia or Assessment: Making Learning Matter

Assessment processes should create awareness and help faculty to consider and consolidate learning outcomes as an important part of learning rather than providing content for “administrivia.” Through a process focused on (1) reviewing direct evidence of student learning; (2) rubric development workshops that modify AAC&U rubrics related to ethical reasoning, intercultural knowledge, and civic engagement; and (3) a weeklong assessment workshop that pulls together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff, the presenters have found a way to make assessment processes and results matter. This session will share strategies campus assessment leaders can use to create a seismic shift in the culture of assessment at their universities. Participants will encounter tremors that will shake their thinking about assessment as they learn how to create networks for collective improvement using a set of strategies and tools to develop collaboration across disciplines and to connect faculty to students.

A presentation by Keri Franklin, Professor of English, Director of Assessment; Joshua Smith, Provost Fellow for General Education Transition; Mark Woolsey, Student Learning Outcomes Consultant; and Julia Cottrell, Assessment Specialist—all of Missouri State University.