Assessment of Student Learning

Assessment of student learning

M State is dedicated to quality academics and fostering a culture of continuous improvement to assess student learning at the course, program and institutional levels.

Assessment of student learning goals:

  • Improve student learning and engagement
  • Align course activities and materials with course competencies, program outcomes and core abilities
  • Provide evidence for programmatic and institutional accreditation
  • Ensure stakeholders' needs are met
  • Uphold high standards of academic integrity and excellence
  • Promote faculty professional development

Institutional Learning Outcomes

The Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO) serve as the foundation for education at M State.

A. Demonstrate effective communication


  1. Learner writes clearly, concisely and accurately in appropriate context and format.
  2. Learner speaks clearly, concisely and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
  3. Learner comprehends written and verbal communication.

B. Demonstrate critical thinking


  1. Learner draws conclusions based on evidence.
  2. Learner distinguishes between facts, fallacies, inferences and judgments.
  3. Learner considers multiple perspectives in problem solving.

C. Demonstrate quantitative and logical reasoning


  1. Learner performs computations using appropriate methods.
  2. Learner demonstrates numerical and logical reasoning.

D. Demonstrate personal and social responsibility


  1. Learner demonstrates personal integrity and professional ethical practices.
  2. Learner demonstrates respect for the rights, views and work of others.
  3. Learner demonstrates personal accountability.
  4. Learner demonstrates multicultural and global awareness.
  5. Learner demonstrates the ability to work in a team.

E. Demonstrate effective use of information technology


  1. Learner applies technology to create solutions.
  2. Learner uses technology to communicate.

Program outcome assessment

M State's Academic Affairs and Standards Council (AASC) and program advisory committees review program outcomes to ensure they are sound, measurable and current.

Program outcomes are assessed in a variety of ways depending on the program. Methods may include:

  • Programmatic accreditation
  • Licensure or certification exams
  • Internships or clinicals
  • Capstone projects
  • Comprehensive exams

Comprehensive program review

The comprehensive program review process provides a structured, scheduled opportunity for M State programs to develop a strategy for improvement. All programs complete the comprehensive program review process every three years.

Comprehensive program review process goals:

  • Celebrate program achievements
  • Create action items for student learning and other areas of improvement
  • Define the needs of the program so institutional resources may be appropriately applied
  • Demonstrate the relevancy, currency and effectiveness of the program
  • Identify areas where additional assessment, curriculum revision and employee professional development are needed
  • Provide data and information for institutional planning, resource allocation and improvement in student learning
  • Show the program's alignment with M State's mission, vision and student learning outcomes

Co-curricular assessment

Co-curricular experiences enrich the student learning environment by providing opportunities for students to learn from intentionally designed activities, events, programs and services that extend and complement classroom learning.

Through its academic and co-curricular programs, Minnesota State Community and Technical College provides diverse and purposeful learning experiences to support student attainment of educational goals and to support the college's vision of a success story for every student.

Co-curricular programs include:

  • Academic Bridge
  • Advising
  • Campus Resources
  • Career Services
  • Enrollment
  • Financial Aid
  • First Semester Check-In
  • Library
  • Residential Life
  • Student Government Association
  • Tutoring/Spartan Center