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Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning Key Assessment Elements

Key Assessment Elements at WSU

In 2011, the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning (ATL) identified six key elements for assessment of student learning which all WSU undergraduate degree programs must have in place. These elements form a framework for useful, sustainable assessment, with specifics determined by program faculty as appropriate to their discipline’s unique context, strengths, and needs.

Between 2011 and 2013, ATL helped program faculty get these elements in place. Since then, ATL has been working with programs to self-assess their six assessment elements to promote quality and utility.

  • Programs self-assess quality using ATL developed rubrics for good practices applicable in varied disciplines and contexts.
  • Programs identify their own areas of strength, work in progress, and improvements needed to meet their assessment needs and improve assessment over time.
  • ATL gathers strong samples and resources to share within the university and provides support as needed.

For each of the six elements, the pages below provide information, resources, WSU samples and “spotlight” stories of successes from a wide range of disciplines and colleges. ATL also offers a variety of workshops to WSU faculty and departments, adapted to meet goals, needs, and group contexts, to support undergraduate degree-granting programs in developing assessment systems that improve teaching, learning and curriculum. For more information, see our Workshops page or contact us.

Please contact us with questions or if you have a sample to contribute.