University Level Assessment
Eastern Kentucky University uses the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Collegiate Assessment of Acadmic Proficiency (CAAP) as indicators of student engagement and learning.
The National Survey of Student Engagement or NSSE was designed to assess the extent to which students are engaged in empirically derived good educational practices and what they gain from their college experiences. In this it differs from many other surveys that are more oriented to student satisfaction than to specific educational outcomes. The NSSE is administered to a sample of second semester freshman and exiting seniors.
Use of NSSE results at EKU
At Eastern Kentucky University NSSE data are integral to a number of planning and reporting processes.
The EKU Retention and Graduation Task Force used NSSE data to recommend:
NSSE at EKU over the years
There has been some notable changes to the 2013 NSSE. It has develop four main areas in which they assess student engagement; Academic Challenge, Learning with Peers, Experiences with Faculty and Campus Environment. They have now also include information about High-Impact Practices (HIPs) and overall student rating of the university.
EKU tests freshmen and seniors with the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) critical thinking and essay writing modules. The critical thinking portion of the CAAP is designed to measure students' skills in clarifying, analyzing, evaluating, and extending arguments. The essay writing portion of the CAAP consists of two questions each in the form of a prompt describing an issue or hypothetical situation which are designed to measure students’ skills in formulating assertions, supporting assertions with appropriate evidence, organizing and connecting major ideas, and expressing ideas in clear, effective language.
CAAP Results Over the Years
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