Worcester State University
Institutional Assessment

Current Student Learning Assessment of the Majors

The assessment of the majors is the assessment of student learning outcomes for all academic majors on a rotation basis.  Each academic major assesses their student learning outcomes every two years.  The work is accomplished through a variety of quantitative and qualitative means from essays with rubrics to e-portfolios assessing a sample of students in the program.  A faculty assessment liaison from each department spearheads the assessment in conjunction with the assessment office and a team of faculty from their department. 



A new set of guidelines have been proposed and submitted to Governance, spring 2012. The new guidelines include an evaluation rubric for departments to receive feedback. The original guidelines are available. Programs undergoing review:

2012 - 2013

  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Communication
  • Health Education
  • Mathematics
  • World Languages - Spanish


  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Natural Science
  • Sociology
  • Visual & Performing Arts


  • Biotechnology
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • History

A complete schedule through 2021 is available.



  AAC&U VALUE Rubrics
  Glossary of terms for Strategic Planning
  Glossary for Assessment
  Definition of the Credit Hour
  Program Review Guidelines
  Course SLO Process from UMass
  Program Review Process from UMass

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