Rockhurst University Assessment of Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness
Rockhurst University employs good assessment practices by using both direct and indirect measures of student learning. For the direct measurement of learning at the program, degree, or core curriculum level, the University has committed to using course-embedded assessment (CEA), the process of using student classroom activities, rather than nationally-normed tests, for evidence of learning. CEA builds on students’ and faculty members’ daily work (assignments, tests, projects), and allows for direct recommendations for continuous improvement.
Other direct measures employed by departments and programs include evaluations of capstone projects, portfolios, internships and practicums, as well as assessments of performance on end-of-program and licensure examinations.
Valuable assessment information about student learning and institutional effectiveness arises through indirect measures. Rockhurst semi-annually uses the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI), which are administered on alternate years. Both instruments provide information about student learning, as well as other institutional departments and areas. Other indirect measures include surveys of seniors, alumni, and employers of Rockhurst students and graduates.
For more information, see Rockhurst University Assessment Overview, 2003-12