WSU’s Seven Learning Goals of the Baccalaureate
All bachelor’s degree requirements are rooted in the Seven Learning Goals, which identify core skills and knowledge that students should develop through their undergraduate studies: Critical and Creative Thinking; Quantitative Reasoning; Scientific Literacy; Information Literacy; Communication; Diversity; Depth, Breadth and Integration of Learning.
University Common Requirements (UCORE)
WSU’s general education, known as University Common Requirements (UCORE), is the centerpiece of the undergraduate curriculum supporting the Seven Learning Goals of the Baccalaureate. While the greater part of students’ courses of study is devoted to their major fields, the UCORE curriculum provides balance between the specialized focus of the major and the broader traditional objectives of higher education. UCORE offers a wide variety of elective choices and provides many individual pathways through the curriculum, including introductory, advanced, and integrative forms of learning.
UCORE is bookended by a required first-year course [ROOT] and a senior capstone experience [CAPS]. Foundational courses and inquiry-based learning in the disciplines are complemented by a diversity requirement that embraces both American and global issues. The structure includes coursework in contemporary issues, social sciences, humanities, creative or professional arts, quantitative reasoning, natural sciences, and diversity, as well as communication, computation, and human relations, to support achievement of WSU’s Seven Learning Goals. For more information, see UCORE course requirements.
RECENT UCORE ASSESSMENT NEWS:
- Students’ NSSE Responses Make a Difference: Encourage Your Students to Take the NSSE Survey
- Research Services Librarians Conduct and Use Information Literacy Assessment
- Using Final Papers Assessment Project Results to Improve UCORE First-Year Experience [ROOT] Courses
- Student Learning at the First-Year Level: AY 2015-16 Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Final Papers Assessment Project Results
- Using Assessment to Inform Decision-making in Spring 2016 UCORE Capstone [CAPS] Courses
- Student Learning at the Senior-level: Spring 2016 [CAPS] Course Assessment Results
UCORE Assessment is intended to help faculty, departments, and university leadership determine to what extent undergraduates are achieving WSU’s Seven Learning Goals. The UCORE Assessment website is guided by the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) Transparency Framework, which seeks to make evidence of student accomplishment readily accessible and potentially useful and meaningful to various audiences.
UCORE Assessment is a collaborative process that includes faculty, students, staff, administrators, and others. Faculty participate on UCORE’s subcommittee for assessment and also contribute to assessment of key programs and courses. The Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning (ATL) supports UCORE assessment, by managing specific assessment-related initiatives, and works with university leadership to develop policies and infrastructure to sustain assessment and meet standards for university accreditation.