In October of 2012, DePaul University unveiled new university-wide learning goals and outcomes. These were the result of the combined work of an institution-wide committee who defined the essential knowledge, skills, values, and ethics all DePaul students should obtain by the time they graduate. However, it is not enough to simply define what DePaul students should learn, we also need a way of measuring what students did learn.
For more than a decade, DePaul has been measuring student learning in each of is curricular and co-curricular programs through annual program assessment projects and reports. However, this work is based on program-specific learning goals and outcomes. Caryn Chaden, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, came up with an idea to use this existing process to measure the most recent institution-wide learning goals and outcomes. Caryn’s idea was conceptually rather simple: align each individual program’s learning outcomes to the institutional learning outcomes. In this way, the results of programs’ assessment projects could be used to measure institutional learning outcomes, eliminating redundancies in measuring student learning and saving DePaul’s most precious resource: our faculty and staff’s time.
The project is currently underway and will be completed by August of 2014. However, this project would not be possible without the commitment and hard work of DePaul’s faculty and staff. While I cannot publicly acknowledge each individual who has dedicated their time to this project, I would like to acknowledge DePaul’s Assessment Advisory Board, who is playing a key role in implementing this large, institution-wide project.
|Judy Bundra||School of Music|
|Caryn Chaden||Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs|
|Dean Corrin||Theatre School|
|Lauri Dietz||University Center for Writing-based Learning|
|Seth Horning||DePaul Academic Advising Network|
|Debbie Howard||College of Law|
|Misty Johanson||College of Business|
|Chris Jones||School of Music|
|Zongmin Kang||College of Education|
|Ellen Meents-Decaigny||Student Affairs|
|Rick Niedziela||College of Science & Health|
|Ruben Parra||Office for Teaching, Learning and Assessment|
|Mark Pohlad||Liberal Studies Program|
|Kay Yoon||College of Communications|
|Terry Steinbach||College of Computing and Digital Media|
|Jen Sweet||Office for Teaching, Learning and Assessment|
|Gretchen Wilbur||School for New Learning|
|Midge Wilson||College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences|
|Jim Wolfinger||College of Education|