All undergraduate programs have been charged with identifying a product or products to be assessed for both Writing and Critical Thinking during the senior year. When a program is scheduled for assessment, the faculty member in whose course the product is produced collects a sample of the products. Sample size will be communicated ahead of time, but generally it is 25% of the seniors, but no less than 10 (unless there are fewer than 10 seniors, in which case they are all collected. The product should be de-identified (any student identifiers removed) and instead given a number. It is best to collect these products before they are graded, but if they have been graded all comments and grades should also be redacted.
The products are assessed separately for Written Communication and Critical Thinking. The assessment should be conducted by a faculty member other than the one who assigned it. Training workshops are help each spring to familiarize faculty members with the rubrics. For Written Communication, faculty members who are new to the process will be paired with experienced writing coders. For Critical Thinking, two members of the department should score the products and discuss their scores.
All assessment results are reported to the Coordinator of Assessment using a spreadsheet designed for the purpose. Since these spreadsheets are used to produce reports for colleges, we ask that they not be adapted or altered.