Institutional Level Assessment FAQs
What are the WASC Core Competencies?
The WASC Core Competencies are:
- Critical Thinking
- Information Literacy
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Written Communication
- Oral Communication
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Why do we assess WASC Core Competencies?
In addition to program-level assessment, campuses are expected to review institutional-level outcomes. Our regional accreditor (WASC) expects member institutions to systematically review five Core Competencies: Oral Communication, Written Communication, Critical Thinking, Quantitative Reasoning, and Information Literacy.
Why are only certain courses selected for participation in any given institutional-level assessment?
A combination of a program’s Annual Program-Level Assessment Report and Curriculum Map is used to identify which courses are aligned to a specific WASC Core Competency or Institutional-Level Outcome. Please refer to the Institutional-Level Assessment General timeline to see when a specific WASC Core Competency is assessed.
Who participates in the assessment?
Faculty can participate in two ways:
- Faculty can provide samples of student work from identified courses for use in the assessment. For more information, please contact the Director of Evaluation and Assessment at assess.ur.edu.
- Faculty can participate on the Institutional-Level Assessment team. If interested, please contact the Director of Evaluation and Assessment at assess.ucr.edu.
Staff with subject matter expertise in any of the WASC Core Competencies can participate:
- By joining the Institutional-Level Assessment team. If interested, please contact the Director of Evaluation and Assessment at assess.ucr.edu.
What happens to the student work?
First, all identifiers are removed. The samples of student work are kept within our password protected internal IT assessment management system. Second, the Institutional-Level Assessment team of faculty and staff subject matter experts from across UCR use a common rubric to evaluate student work samples. This is known as a “juried assessment.”
Why are we using a juried assessment approach?
Juried assessment removes the workload from the individual programs. It also allows us to produce a clearer picture of institutional learning outcomes by applying a single standardized evaluation process to all of the collected data. Juried assessment is considered a “best practice” and is used by many other universities.
What happens to the assessment findings from the “juried” assessment?
UCR’s Office of Evaluation and Assessment summarizes the results in a report and discusses action steps with administrative and Academic Senate leaders. The goal is to create actionable recommendations for improving campus-wide student achievement of institutional-level outcomes.