7. Is one good measure of student learning enough to satisfy the assessment requirement?

No. Departments are expected to use multiple measures of student learning. For example, a department might employ a capstone project, internship evaluations, writing test scores, ACT scores, California Critical Thinking Test scores (if University Studies decides to administer this test to all students annually), placement and acceptance data, exiting student interviews, and alumni survey data in its assessment program. One measure can be used for several objectives; a capstone project, for example, might be used to measure knowledge in the major, research skills, and communication skills. Departments are especially encouraged to use several measures for one objective; skill in writing, for example, might be measured by performance on the University’s writing test, performance on the program’s capstone project, and grades of the department’s majors compared with other students in English composition.


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