Minnesota State University Moorhead Assessment
In order to accomplish Minnesota State University Moorhead’s strategic goal of focusing relentlessly on student achievement and students’ return on their investment, the university spends a great deal of time measuring and assessing how well we are doing and whether we are meeting our expectations and goals. Assessment is conducted in four areas.
Faculty and staff can access all assessment, feedback, forms, and submissions via D2L Brightspace — Program, LASC and WI Assessment.
Departments develop Program Outcome Assessment Plans to measure student achievement of expected learning outcomes in undergraduate and graduate majors, collecting and reporting on this data periodically. (This information can be found in the D2L course shell. This data is aggregated to generate annual reports.)
Co-curricular units develop assessment plans and reports aligned to University-Wide Student Learning Outcomes. (These plans and reports are housed in the D2L shell. This data is aggregated to generate annual reports.
Departments wishing to obtain or maintain designation as LASC or WI for their courses need to state how a majority of the learning outcomes for each area will be assessed and periodically report on student performance, using forms housed in the D2L shell. (This data is aggregated to generate annual reports.)
As part of MSUM’s reaffirmation of accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission, six U-WSLOs were adopted to represent what every MSUM graduate should know and be able to do upon graduation. These learning outcomes are assessed indirectly through LASC, WI, Program and Co-curricular Assessments as well as directly in some cases. The U-WSLOs are:
Minnesota State University Moorhead graduates will:
- Demonstrate intellectual preparedness for success in professional life, bolstered by integrative experiences and technological competence.
- Demonstrate effective written and oral communication.
- Apply critical thinking skills in deliberative decision-making and problem solving.
- Demonstrate community and civic engagement, both locally and globally.
- Develop ethical relationships with people who have different backgrounds, life experiences, cultures, beliefs, and values.
- Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and the self-awareness to sustain the life of ongoing, independent learning.