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SOME OF THE CURRENT ACTIVITIES RELATED WITH
THE ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING

INSTITUTIONAL (INDIRECT MEASURES)
ACTIVITY
COMMENTS
NEW STUDENT PROFILE
  • U of M New Students Characteristics by College
  • ACT profile of new freshmen
  • ACE/UCLA (Astin) Survey of new freshmen
  • ACT Research Service Report of validity & achievement
  • College Choice & Family Ed Survey
Quality and characteristics of new freshmen class; effectiveness of admissions program; validity of HSR, ACT and other tests
STUDENT OPINION SURVEYS
  • ACT Student Opinion Survey (all students)
  • UMM Degree Candidate Survey (Seniors only)
Opinion of quality services and instruction, general education and major
RETENTION AND GRADUATION RATES
  • Freshmen cohorts
  • Minority student cohorts
Retention and graduation data
FOLLOW-UPS
  • Follow of UMM dropout/non-returning students
  • Annual follow-up of graduates of UMM
  • Reasons for leaving
  • Occupation, Post Grad. Educ. and values
STUDENT/FACULTY PROGRAM EVALUATIONS
  • Student evaluations of each course
  • Student and instructor evaluation of inquiry
  • Faculty and student assessment survey of ProsPer
  • Faculty Program Self-Assessment Survey
  • Discipline Profiles of instructional data
  • Opinion of quality of instruction
  • Opinion of quality of instruction
  • Opinion on Gen. Ed.
  • Inst. climate, workload, research efforts
  • Quantitative data on instructional effort compared among disciplines

DISCIPLINE/PROGRAM LEVEL(SOME EXAMPLES)
ACTIVITY
COMMENTS
Teacher Education
  • Division of Education writing proficiency test
  • Minnesota Board of Teaching Preprofessional Skills Test
  • Faculty interviews and recommendations
Studio Art
  • Participation in Senior Exhibit is required for graduation
  • Participation in Junior Review and Senior Review

    JUNIOR REVIEW: Review by the studio art and art history faculty of the student's work to date.

    SENIOR REVIEW: Review by the studio art and art history faculty of the student's work, concentrating on the major media and including any work designated at the Junior Review.

Biology Senior seminar. Required for graduation
Chemistry Senior seminar. Required for graduation
Communication, Media, and Rhetoric Students complete a significant paper or project on an approved topic.
English Placement examination
Foreign Languages Proficiency/Placement examination
Geology Geology Senior Seminar. Required for graduation
History The students must submit a file of materials to present evidence of meeting four learning objectives and expected outcomes stated by the discipline. The file need not be limited to materials produced in history courses. In the year before graduation, the student and the adviser assess progress toward the major and, consulting with the remainder of the history faculty, determine what work remains to be completed for the major.
Honors Program The senior honors project. Each project is presented to the UMM community of scholars in a fashion appropriate to its nature (e.g., public presentation, archived paper, performance, or exhibit)
Mathematics Placement examination. Assessment of the Calculus sequence. Alumni survey. Self-study report prepared for external reviewers. Senior Project: Each student prepares a project under the direction of a faculty member and presents a written and oral report.
Music Senior Project: A culminating activity that allows a graduating student to demonstrate competence as a musician.
Philosophy Senior Philosophical Thesis: Development of a significant paper on an approved topic under the direction of one or more members of the philosophy staff.
Psychology Students should complete an approved research project for graduation.
Social Science Competencies: The faculty of each field of study in the social sciences has established a set of minimum competencies that ask a student to understand the ways in which the discipline structures and advances knowledge, raises and answers analytic questions, and deals with competing theories and changing nature of the field.
Spanish Proficiency/Placement examination
Theatre Arts At least one para-programmatic theatre experience that is arranged through a theatre arts faculty member which may take any number of forms, e.g., an internship with a theatre company, study abroad, or theatre tour to New York or London is required for graduation.

Senior Project: Culminating activity to demonstrate the student's competence in some areas of theatre arts. Projects may be completed independently (e.g., a research paper, a solo acting performance) or as part of a group effort.

Women's Studies Students must submit a file of materials to demonstrate the following: (1) familiarity with different theoretical approaches to the study of women; (2) ability to analyze, interpret, and synthesize women's studies materials; (3) awareness of how a knowledge of women's studies relates to the individual's personal life and intellectual growth.