• 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

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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


M State Core Abilities

The college-wide core abilities 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.


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


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


Student Surveys

End of Course surveys

M State conducts annual course surveys in compliance with the faculty. Course survey data is used at the course level and aggregated at the institutional level to identify areas of strength and to set targets for improvement.

Program Outcome Surveys

Students in AAS, AS, diploma and certificate programs complete program outcome surveys prior to graduation to indirectly assess programs to better understand student perceptions and if program outcomes are being met.


Co-curricular Assessment

M State offers students diverse student life opportunities to build relationships, gain leadership experience, get involved and have fun! Student learning outcomes for co-curricular participation align with M State's core abilities and will be assessed using a new model with an annual survey starting April 2018. Co-curricular assessment results will be provided to student life directors and student organization advisors for discussion with student organization leadership to identify and implement continuous improvement strategies.

Last modified: April 4th, 2018 at 02:21pm