Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) has an ongoing assessment program that focuses upon effectively identifying and measuring key outcomes and then systematically acting to make improvements in the areas of educational programs and learning outcomes. This assessment program involves all educational programs. The WEAVEonline assessment reporting system provides the means for integrating the educational assessment program across a broad range of major, degree, and certificate programs. At the same time, the faculty members create, measure, and refine a set of learning outcomes appropriate for each program. Based upon the results of assessments, faculty members discuss the results and make changes that effectively close the loops. Student learning outcomes are available in the online undergraduate and graduate catalogs.
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
The current use of the WEAVEonline system provides a common structure for conducting and reporting assurance of learning for every unit. The steps in completing annual assessment reports in WEAVEonline for academic units are as follows:
- Publish program mission statements
- Identify student learning outcomes
- Identify multiple means to measure achievement of outcomes
- Assess if the findings met the achievement target
- Create action plan to improve program if the achievement target was unmet
- Implement action plan to improve program and student learning
- Report progress of action plans
- Document the results of improvements made or things that did not improve
The assurance of learning is in the assessment of the appropriate learning outcomes and continuous improvement across diverse programs and units.
TAMU System Empower U Objectives
The Texas A&M University (TAMU) System also requires System universities to assess the six Empower U Objectives below. Links to the results of these assessments are included.
- Ethical and Social Responsibility: Students will articulate multiple cultural perspectives in local, national and global communities. Students will identify and analyze social and ethical challenges, including possible resolutions.
- Globalization and Diversity: Students will utilize multidisciplinary perspectives to evaluate initiatives that have been employed to address global issues. Students will describe the nature of global interdependence and its impacts. Students will articulate an understanding of cultural differences from diverse perspectives in specific disciplines.
- Specific Knowledge: Students will perform satisfactorily on licensure or certification exams necessary for professional status within their chosen careers, where applicable. Students will demonstrate skills required for success in their discipline. Students will identify and propose solutions to challenges or problems within their field. Students will identify, analyze, apply and evaluate disciplinary theories and concepts.
- Integration: Students will demonstrate mastery of the general education core curriculum. Students will apply broad knowledge to academic disciplines and professional or technical fields.
- Communication: Students will use multiple formats and technologies to communicate ideas effectively in large and small group settings. Students will apply fundamental writing strategies such as invention, drafting, revising and editing to the development of effective academic and professional written communications. Students will deliver effective oral presentations in a variety of settings. Students will demonstrate the ability to incorporate multiple informational resources in projects and/or papers with appropriate citations.
- Problem Solving/Critical Thinking: Students will construct well-supported, clearly articulated and sustained arguments. Students will demonstrate an ability to justify conclusions based on evidence. Students will interpret, analyze and evaluate statements, graphs, articles and/or questions by discriminating among different degrees of credibility, accuracy and reliability of inferences drawn from data and recognizing assumptions of sources. Students will demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze and formulate solutions to complex problems.