Assessing Liberal Education Learning Goals (LELGs) as the HLC Assessment Academy Team's focal project
The HLC Assessment Academy Team takes a lead in writing SMART student learning outcomes for each of the Liberal Education Learning Goals (LELGs) and devising instruments and methods that everybody on campus can use for assessment of the defined outcomes. In the process, the team will share the progress with the campus and seek input and feedback from all interested. The team will also facilitate the advancement of assessment culture at UW-Superior.
More details and timeline of this project are found in Liberal Education Learning Goals Assessment Action Plan (April 2010, HLC Assessment Academy Team) (.pdf).
UW-Superior Liberal Education Learning Goals (LELGs)
In Spring 2009 UW-Superior articulated what all students at our campus were expected to achieve by the time of graduation and summarized into the following five LIberal Education Learning Goals (LELGs). Note that the LELGs below include a revision approved by the Faculty Senate in September 2011.
- The ability to think and make connections across academic disciplines
- The ability to express oneself in multiple forms
- The ability to analyze and reflect upon multiple perspectives to arrive at a perspective of one's own
- The ability to think and engage as a global citizen
- The ability to engage in evidence-based problem solving
Updates on the LELGs Assessment Project
In Summer and Fall 2011, the UW-Superior HLC Assessment Academy Team has made a steady progress in the Liberal Education Learning Goals (LELGs) Assessment Project.
1.The campus-wide implementation of the assessment of LELG #2 "the ability to express oneself in multiple forms"
This implementation plan asks the faculty and staff in all major programs at UW-Superior to use a set of common rubrics and assess their advanced undergraduate students' written and oral or creative expression. Each major program is to apply the assessment method to a discipline-appropriate student assignment or project and to collect assessment data in either Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For more details, see the training manual "Liberal Education Learning Goals #2 Rubric Workbook". The Team anticipates LELG#2 assessment data to become available for analysis by the end of June 2012.
2. Planning for the campus-wide implementation of the assessment of LELG #5 "the ability to engage in evidence-based problem solving"
This will be one of the two LELGs that will be assessed in 2012-13, and the assessment data collection process will involve the faculty and staff in all major programs. The Team plans to complete the LELG#5 assessment plan by the end of Spring 2012.
In Spring 2011 the HLC Assessment Academy Team developed a plan and instrument to assess one of the Liberal Education Learning Goals "the ability and inclination to express oneself in multiple forms" (or LELG#2). The Team will collaborate with instructors who teach seniors and pilot the LELG#2 assessment in Summer and Fall, 2011. In Fall 2011, the Team will also select and work on the next set of LELGs to be assessed..
The HLC Assessment Academy Team presented to the campus a set of categories that would be used to develop SMART outcomes for one of the LELGs "ability and inclination to express oneself through multiple forms." These categories include written, oral, visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and interpersonal.
The team also presented the project update to the campus. The background of the project, the overall project plan, a brief summary of the campus assessment awareness survey result, and the outcome categories for the "forms of expression" were shared via a powerpoint presentation entitled "Updates on the Liberal Education Learning Goals Assessment Project."