College Portrait – Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

All colleges and universities use multiple approaches to measure student learning. Many of these are specific to particular disciplines, many are coordinated with accrediting agencies, and many are based on outcomes after students have graduated. In addition, those institutions participating in the VSA measure increases in critical thinking, analytic reasoning, and written communication using one of three tests.

Student Learning Assessment at PVAMU

PVAMU serves both the college ready student who is frequently a member of the legacy generation and the first generation college student lacking proficiency in the areas represented in the core curriculum. Student learning outcomes in reading, writing, mathematics/critical thinking skills are measured through course imbedded assessment, administration of national examinations (MAPP), and evaluation of progress in gatekeeper courses. Additionally, the state requires pre- and post-testing to determine improved proficiency in students who enter and complete developmental education courses. As students progress, direct measures of learning outcomes include performance on national major fields examinations, capstone course performance, and retention and graduation rates. Indirect measures include the National Survey of Student Engagement, the Non-Cognitive Questionnaire, and job placement rates. The University Academic Council and Faculty Senate assess measurements of learning outcomes and how to provide feedback on effective teaching and learning strategies.

Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Outcomes

As a pilot project, VSA participants measure critical thinking, analytic reasoning, and written communication using one of three tests. Following are the 2006-07 results from the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP). The MAPP measures critical thinking, analytic reasoning, and written communication and reports separate scores on critical thinking and written communication.

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Learning Gains between Freshman Year and Senior Year

Critical Thinking

The increase in learning on the performance task is above what would be expected at an institution with students of similar academic abilities.

Written Communication

The increase in learning on the performance task is what would be expected at an institution with students of similar academic abilities.

Average Institutional Scores

  Freshmen Score Senior Score
Critical Thinking 108 122
Written Communication 112 118

MAPP Score Range: 100 to 130