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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Direct Assessment Tools

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

In odd-numbered years, "W" courses will be assessed according to the following rubric. At the beginning of each semester, the WAC Director will send out information to current "W" instructors at the corresponding level about the rubric: materials that can be used to assess, how to use the rubric, and how to submit results from the rubric by the end of the relative semester. Twice during the semester, the WAC Director will send out reminders, as well as preset meeting times for interested faculty members to discuss the rubric. A forum will be provided at the end of the full assessment cycle for feedback on the rubric, reporting methods, and overall Writing Program Assessment Plan. An assessment cycle example is as follows: \in 2015 all "W" courses offered at the 100/200 level will be assessed. A small, formative 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. By the end of the academic year in 2017, the WAC Director will generate a summative report to be approved by the Writing Advisory Board for circulation to relevant campus communities by the beginning of Spring 2018. The summative report will include data from the Indirect and Direct Assessment Tools, as well as any pertinent information from possible focus groups.

The rubric is based on the following:

  1. The AAC&U Values Rubric
  2. The "W" Goals and Outcomes
  3. A progressive model of writing development

Students at the 100/200-level "W" course will be expected to build skills towards the higher competencies provided in this rubric. Level 1 represents basic competencies for incoming freshman. The model is progressive in order to demonstrate expected growth by the time a student graduates from MSU, Mankato.

  1. Students in a 100-level are expected to attain a level "1" or "2" by completion of the course.
  2. Students in a 200-level are expected to attain a "3" by completion of the course.
  3. Students in a 300-400 level are expected to attain a "4" by completion of the course.

[PDF] Direct Assessment Goals (24 KiB)