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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Assessment Plan

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/writing/assessmentplan.html

[PDF] Assessment of Student Learning Plan (16 KiB)

What will the department or program do with results of information?

Indirect Assessment Tools

The WAC Director will create a report from the indirect assessment tools in even years. The indirect assessments will be given to faculty teaching "W" courses, and students taking "W" courses every other year. The report will be given to relevant communities including the Writing Advisory Board. Together, the WAC Director and the Writing Advisory Board will identify issues based on the indirect assessment tools, and the WAC Director will run a focus group in order to address the results of the assessment. Within the first two years of the current WAC Director's term, one focus group will be created to include members of service units and members of service areas, so that data can be generated from those communities. At the end of the term, the WAC Director will create a report and a plan for implementing recommendations from the focus group.

An assessment cycle will follow:

  1. 2014, "W" courses assessed
  2. Fall '14, "W" course report
  3. 2015, "W" focus group
  4. Fall '15, Focus group report
  5. 2016, "W" courses assessed
  6. Fall '16, "W"courses report
  7. 2017, "W" focus group
  8. Fall '17 Focus group report

Direct Assessment Tools

In odd numbered years, "W" courses will be assessed according to the following rubric. In 2015, all "W" courses offered at the 100/200 level will be assessed. A report will be generated and approved by the WAC Director and the Writing Advisory Board for circulation to relevant campus communities by the beginning of Spring 2016. In 2017, all "W" courses offered at the 300/400 level will be assessed, and a report will be generated by the end of the current WAC Director's three year term. At the end of one full assessment cycle, 2013-2018, a report on the status of the Writing Program will be generated by the WAC Director and the Writing Advisory Board. A focus group will be formed in order to address any issues that may arise from the assessment results.

An assessment cycle will follow:

  1. 2019, 100/200 level "W" courses assessed
  2. 2020, 100/200 level "W" report circulated
  3. 2021, 300/400 level "W" courses assessed
  4. 2022, 300/400 level "W" report circulated
  5. 2022, "W" program report and focus group (100-400 level "W" courses)

All data collected, and reports generated will be stored and made available on the university Sharepoint site.