Current Assessment Activites

NILOA 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.

What We Do in Assessment

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. 

  • Spring 2018 assessment grant applications are now open!
  • Since the Summer of 2017, thirteen assessment grants have been awarded to curricular and co-curricular programs with qualifying assessment projects. 


Assessment strives to be a valuable thinking partner to faculty and staff to help further student success.


The Office of Assessment offers one-on-one consultations at all levels of the university—College, Department, and Program. We encourage any faculty member who has a question regarding assessment to contact either Mark Woolsey, Assessment Learning Outcomes Consultant, or Dr. Keri Franklin, Director of Assessment to schedule a consultation. 

Coffee and Conversation

As a new weekly consultation opportunity, we are offering Coffee and Conversation in PSU 131 on Tuesdays, 10:00am-11:30am. Drop by and meet with Keri Franklin, Mark Woolsey, and Julia Cottrell for help with your assessment projects. Check our events calendar for dates and times.

 Coffee and Conversation with the Office of Assessment: Plaster Student Union 131

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Advisory Committee to the Provost

The Office of Assessment coordinates an advisory committee to help keep the Provost abreast of the assessment activities occurring on campus in response to the recommendations of the HLC. This committee gathers, organizes, and evaluates evidence of assessment at all levels of the university.

Oversee the University Exit Exam (Formerly GEN 499)

Assessment oversees the administration and evaluation of the University Exit Exam. Student responses to the Exit Exam are evaluated by university committees as well as individual colleges and departments. Results of these evaluations and student responses inform instruction and planning decisions across the entire university. Undergraduate students at Missouri State who have successfully completed 102 or more credit hours are required to complete the Exit Exam prior to graduation. While all students are required to complete the Senior Survey portion of the exam, students are randomly assigned to one of two sections to complete the requirement: the (ETS®) Proficiency Profile or the Public Affairs Scale. 

Assessment of Student Learning Workshops

Public Affairs assessment is a non-intrusive system for assessing (not grading) student work related to the Public Affairs mission. Assessment will gather student work across disciplines so we may begin to acknowledge students' understanding and integration of the themes of the Public Affairs mission and our diversity goals.

The 2018 Human Cultures Assessment Workshop will be held from May 22-24, 2018.

  • May 22-24, 2018 will be used to continue Missouri State’s successful Quality Initiative Project. A group of faculty, staff, and student reviewers will evaluate de-identified student work from general education courses in the Human Cultures group.

The 2017 Public Affairs Assessment Workshop was held from May 23-25, 2017.​

  • Faculty, staff, and student reviewers assessed de-identified student work samples submitted from courses in the Foundations and Public Affairs groups of General Education.
  • Reviewers assessed the assignments with rubrics based on General Goals 12, 13, and 14, which coincide with the Public Affairs mission. 
  • Reviewers provided daily feedback through the use of Plus + / Delta Δ evaluations
  • In response to feedback, Assessment and Dr. Joshua Smith assembled a work group to revise the rubrics used and develop the rubrics for Human Cultures. 

Institutional Surveys

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)— 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, 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE)— Missouri State University administered the BCSSE to samples of incoming students in 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2015. 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.