Public Affairs - Student work in Public Affairs

Public Affairs

Seniors with at least 102 credit hours complete the Public Affairs Scale (PAS) as part of the University Exit Exam. This internally developed and validated scale measures students' integration of the three themes of the university’s mission in public affairs. The reports below show results from seniors who took the PAS from Spring 2012 to Fall 2016. 

Public Affairs Scale scores, MSU Seniors (Bar Graph)


Public Affairs Essay Results from Most Recent Workshop:

Beginning in 2013, Missouri State University developed a Quality initiative Project (QIP) to assess the Public Affairs Mission. The QIP is a system for assessing (not grading) student work related to the public affairs mission. Using a Public Affairs rubric adapted form AAC&U, reviewers assessed student essays from the University Exit Exam.


University Exit Exam & The Public Affairs Mission

University Exit Exam Scores, Fiscal Years 2005–2014

How It's Used

Questions in the Exit Exam will inquire about experiences related to the university’s public affairs mission and plans after graduation.

Feedback on student experience at Missouri State is essential. Student thoughts inform instruction and planning decisions across the entire university. This feedback is kept confidential and compiled in an aggregated form to protect personal information. 

The University Exit Exam is used to assess student learning in general education and is a Key Performance Indicator. Missouri State also uses the information to assess how much student learning relates to the university’s statewide mission in public affairs.