Assessment Objectives and Assessment Team

Objective

Student learning is our central focus here at Divine Word College. In order to measure our students’ learning and to ensure their learning experience is being addressed, fostered, and continually improved, Divine Word College has implemented various assessment processes that enable faculty and staff to gather and use assessment data, evidence, and feedback. By doing so, we strive to continually advance and improve our curriculum, course offerings, and adapt to emerging changes or trends.  We are interested in knowing when and how our students learn and what we can do to improve and enhance their experience. We view assessment as an integral part of an effective institution, a successful and fulfilling student learning experience, and a productive and involved faculty contribution.

Team

Academic Assessment Committee

Dr. Mathew Kanjirathinkal (Professor of Sociology & Accreditation Liaison)

Dr. Jason Reed (Assistant Professor of Philosophy)

Dr. Mark Garton (Associate Professor of ESL)

Dr. Yasmin Rioux (Chair Academic Assessment Committee; Director for Institutional Effectiveness; Assistant Professor of Communication)

 

Director for Institutional Effectiveness

Dr. Yasmin Rioux

 

Assessment Overview

 

The 6 Steps of Assessment (per Allen, 2004, "Assessing Academic Programs in Higher Education")


The six steps of assessment include:

  1. Creating learning objectives
  2. Checking for and ensuring alignment between a curriculum and the established objectives.
  3. Developing an institutional assessment plan
  4. Collecting assessment data via various methodologies
  5. Use the given data results to improve a program
  6. Frequently re-examine the assessment plan and process and adjust and improve where needed.

 

DWC Assessment Plan

At Divine Word College, we ensure educational quality by following the six steps of assessment. We have established a solid and cyclical assessment plan with specific processes and elements that is faculty-oriented, data-driven and reflective of the institution’s Mission. By exploring our courses, programs, and PLO’s through curriculum mapping, we were able to determine the status of our alignment and make changes accordingly. Our identified Signature Assignments highlight the established Program Learning Outcomes and yield data that we effectively analyze via powerful assessment software and that produces information we can use to continuously improve our students’ educational experience. We close the assessment loop by using previously collected data to draw conclusions, make inferences, recognize trends, identify ramifications, and make recommendations for departmental and program improvements.


Our departments produce Annual Undergraduate Department Assessment Reports that emphasize progress, improvement, reflection, analysis, and faculty engagement in the assessment process. Our Assessment Guide for Undergraduate Faculty effectively supports our faculty in their assessment efforts and provides timelines, assessment procedure outlines, templates, and more. Several of our faculty and staff have been participating in the HLC Assessment Academy to further improve the quality of our learning environment and enhance our professional development and awareness of current trends and best practices.


Through ongoing collaborations and involvement, the Academic Assessment Committee, Faculty, and Director of Institutional Effectiveness acknowledge the recursive nature of assessment and continually strive towards enhancing the quality of all programs.

 

Assessment Plan and Timeline

 

When What Who
August Enhance Training

Director for Institutional Effectiveness

September Evaluations of signature assignments complete

Faculty Evaluators

Early October Start Fall Project AQUA

Registrar: Director for Institutional Effectiveness

Mid October

Data analyzed; basic department changes drafted

Present findings and make recommendations to departments

Chairs

Academic Departments

VPAA

October Publish data

Director for Institutional Effectiveness

March Start new Spring Project in AQUA

Director for Institutional Effectiveness

March

Publish data

Director for Institutional Effectiveness

May Repeat the cycle and produce data

Academic Departments

 

 

DWC Mission & Its Role in Assessment

 

All Program Learning Outcomes at DWC support and reflect the college mission. Review our Program Learning Outcomes and Signature Assignments by department.  

Link to Departments

Program Learning Outcomes and Program Descriptions
Core Curriculum
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies
Intercultural Studies

Department of Theology and Philosophy

Philosophy
Theology & Mission

Certificate Programs
 

Signature Assignments and Rubrics

Core Competencies

Signature Assignment 1
Signature Assignment 2
Signature Assignment 3
Signature Assignment 4
Signature Assignment 5

 

Interdisciplinary Studies

Signature Assignment 1
Signature Assignment 2
Signature Assignment 3

 

Intercultural Studies

Signature Assignment 1
Signature Assignment 2
Signature Assignment 3
Signature Assignment 4
Signature Assignment 5

 

Theology & Mission

Signature Assignment 1

 

Philosophy

Signature Assignment 1
Signature Assignment 4
 

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