Assessment of University Student Learning Outcomes
University-level assessment includes the measurement of student achievement based on the student learning outcomes that flow from the five DWU General Education foundational pillars: critical and collaborative thinking, effective expression, cultural and global awareness, civic values and engagement, and personal growth and awareness.
Both direct and indirect assessment measures are used to assess student achievement of the university student learning outcomes.
Senior Exit Survey and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
The Senior Exit Survey is a faculty/staff-generated tool which asks students to rate DWU’s ability to achieve University values in relation to learning, leadership, faith, and service. In addition the tool measures students’ satisfaction with their academic and co-curricular experiences at DWU. The survey also assesses student satisfaction with achievement of the general education pillars relating to critical and collaborative thinking, cultural and global awareness, civic values and engagement, and personal growth and maturity. The senior exit survey is part of the graduation sign-off form at the end of the school year, and therefore must be completed before the student can receive their cap and gown.
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
is administered to many students in institutions of higher education across the United States. The survey addresses academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences, and supportive campus environment. At Dakota Wesleyan, the assessment committee administers the test every two years to both first year and senior students during the spring semester.
To learn more about it visit: http://nsse.iub.edu/
Basic English Proficiency Exam (BEP)
The Basic English Proficiency Exam (BEP)
is a standardized test of American English grammar and mechanics intended to demonstrate that students have a general understanding of writing and editing with correctness. The test consists of 50 questions, is administered online, and takes about an hour to complete. Students must answer at least 37 questions correctly (for a score of 74%) to pass. Students take the BEP in English 111 during midterm week. If students fail the midterm BEP, they take a second administration of the exam during the final exam period for their section of English 111. Students who fail the second administration take the BEP a third time during the spring semester of their sophomore year. If students fail again, they take English 307 in the fall semester of their junior year, and successful completion of English 307 would then take the place of a passing score on the BEP.
Professional Electronic Portfolio (PEP)
The Professional Electronic Portfolio (PEP)
is created by students at DWU and provides evidence that they have achieved the five foundational pillars and related university learning outcomes.