Outcomes Assessment

Faculty Teaching

The assessment processes at Wright State are driven by our mission and vision and are designed to assure students are learning and the learning is geared to the needs of professions. Assessment is designed to answer the question “What are our students learning and how can we improve our courses, curricula, and programs?”

The Assurance of Learning Committee

The University’s Assurance of Learning Committee provides university-wide leadership and coordination for academic and co-curricular program review and the assessment of student learning outcomes.

Membership includes at least one faculty member and one administrator (Assistant Dean or above) from each college with undergraduate programs and includes representatives from Student Affairs, the University Library, and the Graduate School.

There are currently five levels of assessment at Wright State:

  1. Institutional program review done every 5 years for all programs
  2. Student Learning Outcome assessment by program
  3. Assessment of core learning outcomes through the HLC Assessment Academy
  4. Various reviews of programs by professional accrediting bodies
  5. HLC assessment of the institution

Student Learning Outcome Assessment 

While the institutional assessment measures provide an overall picture of student characteristics and success in the university, individual assessment plans for each academic major guide outcomes assessment activity in all academic and co-curricular programs. Each plan begins with objectives and goals for the academic program. The assessment process identifies data to demonstrate how students are successfully achieving the intended outcomes and goals. The team then commits to initiatives leading to improvements. Finally, the team documents the success of the initiatives.

HLC Academy for the Assessment of Student Learning

As participants in the Higher Learning Commission’s Academy for the Assessment of Student Learning, we implemented a multi-year university-wide process to assess student mastery of the seven learning outcomes of the Wright State Core, our general education program. 

Wright State graduates will be able to:

  1. communicate effectively
  2. demonstrate mathematical literacy
  3. evaluate arguments and evidence critically
  4. apply the methods of inquiry of the natural sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities
  5. demonstrate global and multicultural competence
  6. demonstrate understanding of contemporary social and ethical issues
  7. Participate in democratic society as informed and civically engaged citizens

Individual Program Accreditation

Individual program accreditation is completed by the college under the direction of the dean. Program accreditation is most commonly sought by colleges to assure the students can achieve the credentials needed.  A list of the program accreditations at Wright State can be found under Program Accreditation