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EDUCATIONAL GOALS OF CONCORD UNIVERSITY
AS ASSESSED BY COMPONENT MEASURES
 
The educational programs of Concord University are designed to foster skills, knowledge, and attitudes applicable across a wide range of academic fields and professional careers in a culturally diverse, perpetually evolving global community.
 
Skills: Proficiency in interpreting data, integrating information, formulating ideas, thinking critically, and communicating with others.
 
 
Table One: Skill acquisition as assessed by component measures.
 
SKILLS
CAAP
CLA
NSSE
GSS
CAPSTONE
EXPERIENCE
Effective inter-communication
skills and literacies
 
X
 
X
 
 
X
 
X
Proficiency in skills used
for problem solving
 
X
 
X
 
 
X
 
X
Ability to conduct, interpret,
and apply scholarly research
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
X
Ability to analyze, synthesize,
and integrate elements,
information and ideas
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
X
 
 
X
Ability to critically evaluate
Information and ideas
 
 
X
 
 
X
 
X
Ability to apply learning  
in different contexts
 
X
 
X
 
X
 
X
 
X
Ability to learn and work
Independently and collaboratively
 
 
 
X
 
X
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Knowledge: Familiarity with principles underlying academic discourse in various fields.
 
Table Two: Knowledge acquisition as assessed by component measures
 
KNOWLEDGE
 
CAAP
GSS
CAPSTONE
EXPERIENCE
Understanding of the
reciprocal influences of
environments, cultural beliefs
and attitudes, and societal
institutions and practices
 
 
 
 
 
 
POL SCI
SOC
GEOG
SOC WK
Awareness of the fundamental
characteristics and properties
of the physical universe.
 
X
 
CHEM
PHY SCI
NAT SCI
An ability to interpret events
and trends within historic
contexts.
 
 
HIST
POL SCI
SOC
GEOG
Proficiency in language
acquisition including linguistics
mathematics, and computer
language systems.
 
X
 
LANG
MATH
COMP SCI
A recognition of the complex
interactions between organisms
and their environments.
 
 
BIOL
ZOOL
GEOG
An awareness of the principles,
methods, materials, and media
employed in the creation and
presentation of art and literature.
 
 
FINE ARTS
LIT
Self-knowledge, including
awareness of one’s competencies,
deficiencies and learning-style.
 
 
X
PSYCH
SOC WK
EDUC
 
 
Attitudes: Tendencies conducive to self-knowledge, personal growth and development, and responsible citizenship.
 
 
Table Three: Attitude formation as assessed by component measures
 
Attitude
FAS
NSSE
GSS
Ethical
decision-making
X
X
X
Responsible leading
and following
X
X
X
Respect for diversity
and conflict resolution
X
X
X
Fostering of well-being
X
X
X
Appreciation of art and
Creativity
X
X
X
Social responsibility
X
X
X
Lifelong learning and
Intellectual growth
X
X
X
 
 
***Questions measuring attitudes will be pre-tested on freshmen using the FAS and post-tested on seniors in the GSS.
 
 



Table Four: Descriptions of component measures
Instrument
Subjects
Development
Purpose
Information Collected
Nationally
Normed?
Freshman Attitude
Survey (FAS)
All entering freshman
Local
Collects pre-test information on attitudes and values post-tested in the GSS.
Attitudes and values related to Concord’s stated goals.
NO
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
Sample of Freshman and Seniors
External
Gathers outcomes assessment, undergraduate quality, and accountability data.
Quality of effort inside and outside the classroom; educational and personal gains; satisfaction.
Yes
Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP)
Sample of Juniors
External
Direct measure of students’ academic achievement in general education skills.
Proficiency in general education skills, including writing, reading, math, science.
Yes
College Learning Assessment (CLA)
Sample of Freshman and Seniors
External
Direct measure of analytic and written communication skills.
Proficiency in analytic reasoning and written communication skills.
Yes
Capstone Experiences
Seniors
Internal
Direct measure of learning outcomes in major field of study.
Specific outcomes by discipline.
NO
Graduating Student Survey (GSS)
Seniors
Internal
Collects information on perceived learning outcomes in general education and major field as well as overall satisfaction and changes in attitudes and values.
Reports of knowledge acquisition in general education and major field; satisfaction with educational experiences; attitudes and values related to Concord’s stated goals.
NO
 



 
Freshman Attitude Survey (FAS)
 
Who takes it and when is it administered?
All entering freshman take the online survey as part of their admission packet shortly prior to the beginning of the semester.
 
How long does administration take?
Approximately 30 minutes
 
Who originates the survey?
The Director of Assessment
 
When are results typically available?
Within 4 months following administration
 
What type of information is sought?
The FAS asks questions related to attitudes and values reflected in University goals. Used as a pre-test measure of locally developed questions administered as a post-test to seniors in the GSS.
 
To whom are the results regularly distributed?
President, VPAD, Division Heads, and Assessment Committee
 
Are the results available by division or discipline?
YES
 
Are the results comparable to data of other universities?
NO
 
What is the estimated cost of administration?
None
 
 
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
 
Who takes it and when is it administered?
A sample of freshmen and seniors take the measure during the spring semester.
 
How long does administration take?
15 minutes
 
Who originates the survey?
National Survey of Student Engagement
Center for Postsecondary Research
Indiana University Bloomington
Eigenmann Hall, Suite 419
1900 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47406-7512
(812) 856-5824
 
 
When are results typically available?
The next December
 
What type of information is sought?
The NSSE measures student perceptions of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interactions, enriching educational experiences, and supportiveness of the campus environment.
 
To whom are the results regularly distributed?
President, VPAD, Division Heads, and Assessment Committee
 
Are the results available by division or discipline?
NO
 
Are the results comparable to data of other universities?
YES
 
What is the estimated cost of administration?
$275 participation fee pus per-student sampling fee based on undergraduate
enrollment. Total cost varies, from approximately $2,500 to $5,000.
 
Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP)
 
Who takes it and when is it administered?
A sample of juniors takes the tests in the fall or spring semester.
 
How long does administration take?
50 minutes
 
Who originates the survey?
American College Testing Program
500 ACT Drive, PO Box 168
Iowa City, IA 52243-0168
(319) 337-1053
 
 
What type of information is sought?
The CAAP provides assessment of learning in general education including writing, mathematics, reading, critical thinking, and science. Nine local questions may be added.
 
To whom are the results regularly distributed?
President, VPAD, Division Heads, and Assessment Committee
 
Are the results available by division or discipline?
YES
 
Are the results comparable to data of other universities?
YES
 
What is the estimated cost of administration?
$330.00 participation fee plus $8.95 to $16.55 per student, depending on the number of students and the number of modules purchased.
 
College Learning Assessment (CLA)
 
Who takes it and when is it administered?
A sample of freshmen take the test in the fall semester and a sample of senior take the test in the fall. Fifty-percent are administered the Applied Writing tasks and fifty-percent take the Performance tasks test.
 
How long does administration take?
1 ½ hours
 
Who originates the survey?
CLA at CAE
212.217.0700
cla@cae.org.

When are results typically available?
The following academic year
 
What type of information is sought?
Applied Writing tasks measure a student’s ability to articulate complex ideas, examine claims and evidence, support ideas with relevant reasons and examples, sustain a coherent discussion, and use standard written English. Performance tasks require students use an integrated combination of critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving, and written communication skills to answer several open-ended questions about a hypothetical but realistic situation.
 
To whom are the results regularly distributed?
President, VPAD, Division Heads, and Assessment Committee
 
Are the results available by division or discipline?
NO
 
Are the results comparable to data of other universities?
YES
 
What is the estimated cost of administration?
Currently, cost is covered by WV HEPC.
 
Graduating Student Survey (GSS)
Who takes it and when is it administered?
All graduating seniors take the online survey as part of their graduation packet shortly prior to commencement.
 
How long does administration take?
Approximately 30 minutes
 
Who originates the survey?
The Director of Assessment
 
When are results typically available?
Within 4 months following commencement
 
What type of information is sought?
The GSS asks questions related to student satisfaction, attitude formations, and perceived skill and knowledge acquisition reflecting University goals. Also used as a post-measure of locally developed questions administered to freshmen in the FAS.
 
To whom are the results regularly distributed?
President, VPAD, Division Heads, and Assessment Committee
 
Are the results available by division or discipline?
YES
 
Are the results comparable to data of other universities?
NO
 
What is the estimated cost of administration?
None
 
Capstone courses
 
Who takes it and when is it administered?
All seniors take a capstone course in their major field of study.
 
How long does administration take?
Semester
 
Who originates the survey?
The faculty of the discipline
 
When are results typically available?
The fall following the year in which the course is given.
 
What type of information is sought?
Each discipline establishes specific outcomes for that discipline.
 
To whom are the results regularly distributed?
President, VPAD, Division Heads, and Assessment Committee
 
Are the results available by division or discipline?
Yes—by discipline only.
 
Are the results comparable to data of other universities?
NO
 
What is the estimated cost of administration?
None
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