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            Welcome to the faculty iWay pages dedicated to assessment!   This page will guide you to the resources and information you need to maintain and use your assessment plans. If you have questions or suggestions for improving this site, please contact Prof. Richard Leiby.

Rationale for assessment

            Plato quotes Socrates as having believed that “the unexamined life is not worth living...” Self-examination, for the purposes of evaluation and improvement, is an essential ingredient of the human experience.   As teachers, we owe it to our students and to ourselves to be introspective and identify problems that impede our performance.   Academic assessment provides the framework for that effort.

              The old educational paradigm equated success with knowledge.   Today, however, we live in a society driven by technology that changes almost as rapidly as the seasons.   It is no longer enough to rely on knowledge alone; we must also recognize that students need skills in order to function in the global marketplace.   Education has to be responsive to both of these needs. Assessment helps us do just that, by allowing us to change as society changes.

2015 - 2016 All-college Assessment Committee

Dr. Richard A. Leiby -- Director of Strategic Planning and Assessment
Dr. Chris Dougherty ----Provost
Dr. Dennis Dougherty---Dean, SGPS
Prof. Paulette Hutchinson--Dean, UC
Prof. Michael Willse---- Studio Art
Dr.  Akaterini Skokotas--Biology
Prof. Abbey Wexler--SGPS 
Example (.pdf, 194K)
This is an example of a useful report.   Note that it fulfills all the requirements:  1.  It gives a brief outline of the types of assignments used to teach the rubric competencies, 2. It provides a quantitative analysis of rubric scores,  3. It provides a detailed analysis of the conclusions one can draw from the data, and  4. It "closes the loop" by posing ideas for changes to enhance student learning.
GenEd Core rubrics

NOTE:  A general review of all General Education rubrics is underway (2015-16).   The rubrics listed here are to be used until such time as the faculty approves new or revised rubrics.  

First Year Connections--Information Literacy (.pdf, 394K)
Global Awareness--Modern Languages (.doc, 62K)
Global Awareness Culture (.pdf, 92K)
Creative Expression (.doc, 91K)
Oral and Written Communication (.pdf, 201K)
Problem solving and critical thinking (.pdf, 203K)
Multiculturalism and Gender (.doc, 37K)
GenEd Developing the Core rubrics
Please note that reporting on the student learning rubrics governing the Divisional requirement (Social Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences) have been put on hiatus until further notice.   However, courses that fulfill division requirements MUST still use the ancillary general education rubric in their coursework and report their assessment results at the end of each semester. 
Ethics in Action (.pdf, 75K)
Religion (.pdf, 159K)
Humanities (.doc, 52K)
Natural Sciences (.doc, 62K)
Social Sciences (.pdf, 89K)
VALUE Rubrics
      The following are the finalized versions of the VALUE rubrics created under the aegis of the AAC&U.   Only the ones with direct relevance to Rosemont's General Education program are listed here.   You may benefit from reading other rubrics as well, such as the ones on "teamwork" or "integrative learning."    You can find all fifteen at
Creative Thinking (.pdf, 110K)
Critical Thinking (.pdf, 93K)
Ethical reasoning (.pdf, 92K)
Information Literacy (.pdf, 82K)
Oral Communication (.pdf, 90K)
Problem Solving (.pdf, 94K)
Quantitative Literacy (.pdf, 103K)
Written Communication (.pdf, 97K)
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NEW--Revised Major Assessment Plans -2016
Biology-2016 (.docx, 15K)
Business-2016 (.pdf, 189K)
Education-2016 (.docx, 16K)
English-2016 (.doc, 25K)
Mathematics-2016 (.docx, 16K)
History-2016 (.docx, 16K)
History of Art-2016 (.docx, 19K)
Philosophy-2016 (.doc, 70K)
Political Science-2016 (.docx, 14K)
Psychology-2016 (.docx, 16K)
Spanish-2016 (.docx, 20K)
Studio Art and Design-2016 (.docx, 116K)
Theology and Religious Studies-2016 (.doc, 33K)
Undergraduate College
These plans are currently under review, and are rendered obsolete as revised plans are created (see above).
Assessment Plans (A-E) (.pdf, 174K)
Assessment Plans (H-Z) (.pdf, 167K)
Graduate and Professional Studies
MA in Education (.pdf, 118K)
Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree (.pdf, 79K)
MA in Literature (.pdf, 48K)
MFA in Creative Writing (.pdf, 51K)
MBA/MSM Business (.pdf, 65K)
Accelerated Undergraduate Business (.pdf, 67K)
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Reporting Templates

Please use this template for reporting your GE assessment results.   Simply add the information to the Word file, save it under a new file name, then submit it to the Faculty GenEd coordinator in charge of that area. 

This template is currently being reviewed, and a new one will be issued in due  course. 
Sample data reporting worksheet (.docx, 337K)
 This file is offered to you as an example of how assessment data can be accumulated, analyzed, and graphically presented.  It is actually in use by the Modern Languages Department and is sent to all part-time instructors for utilization in their assessment reports.   Thanks go to Prof. Tatiana Ripoll-Paez for sharing this!  
Assessment Protocols
Statement of Purpose and Procedures (.pdf, 68K)
Good practices for Assessing Student Learning (.doc, 29K)
If you are new to assessment, or simply want a refresher,  this article is MUST READING.
Course Assessment--Best Practices (.pdf, 50K)

A handy guideline sheet on incorporating assessment goals and outcomes into courses

Using Bloom's taxonomy (.pdf, 1678K)
This useful chart explains learning goals and outcomes using Bloom's taxonomy and levels of cognition.
General Education--Information and Guides
Gen Ed Outcomes Areas Across the USA (.pdf, 55K)
This file shows which General Education outcomes are most widely shared across AAC&U institutions.  One can compare our Gen Ed competency areas to those on this list to see how we "stack up" with the educational goals of other institutions.
Capstone Skill Map--Revised 2015 (.xlsx, 11K)
This file maps out our undergraduate majors and plots the General Education skills they assesses as part of the capstone experience.   Updated, 2015.
Rosemont's GenEd "Pyramid" (.pdf, 159K)
A graphic representation of Rosemont's General Education structure, as recently amended  by Curriculum Committee and general faculty approval. 
Provost's Notes on GenEd process--Dec. 2012 (.docx, 21K)
Notes from the Provost's presentation on GenEd at the faculty meeting.
Gen Ed Process Flowchart (.pdf, 86K)
GenEd Structure Presentation Sept 6, 2012 (.ppt, 35K)
NEW--Here is the power point from the faculty presentation on the structure of GenEd assessment.
General Education Assessment 2011 (.ppt, 431K)
Powerpoint slides from the Division Meeting, October 18, 2011
Faculty Meeting Presentation (.ppt, 98K)
From 2010--Contains hints on good practices for General Education assessment.
Articles and Presentations
Competency-based Education presentation (.pptx, 110K)

This power point presentation was given at a Faculty Professional Development lunch on February 10, 2016.    It describes Competency based Assessment and compares it to our present assessment scheme, postulating strengths and weaknesses of each.   


Using rubrics to assess student learning (.htm, 904K)
Degree Qualifications Profile (.pdf, 1311K)
This article from NILOA (National Institutes for Learning Outcomes Assessment) explains what the new "Degree Qualifications Profile" entails, and what it might mean for assessment.   It offers a completely different way of looking outcomes assessment -- basing student learning against mastery of competencies rather than a "pass this course" approach.    
Linda Suskie on Changing Expectations for Assessment (.ppt, 1353K)
Linda Suskie, one of the most prominent names in assessment in recent years, created this power point presentation for the recent AICUP conference.   It contains a succinct explanation of the why's and what's and how's of assessment.  
"Learning about Learning Outcomes" from Liberal Education Winter 2011 (.mht, 763K)
This article, written by Professor Andrew Fort, summarizes the angst many of us may feel about assessment, and discusses what one person did to overcome that angst. 
Understanding Assessment Presentation 9/15/15 (.pptx, 774K)
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