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How we assess student learning

We use two measures to assess student learning:

We Solve It! Report & Rubric

We Solve It! Report and Rubric are designed as a universal assignment and measurement to understand our students' learning. They are intended for use across disciplines. The Report was developed based on the feedbacks from faculty and staff, and the Rubric is adopted and modified from AAC&U's LEAP VALUE Problem Solving Rubric and LEAP VALUE Critical Thinking Rubric. 

Assign the We Solve It! Report to the students during or after engagement in creative real-world problem solving work. Once the report is submitted, the instructor will score the report according to the rubric.

Using a universal report and rubric across campus will provide cohesiveness to the QEP implementation and experience, and also streamline measurement of the university-wide impact of the QEP.

Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT)

Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT) was developed by Tennessee Tech University. It is "designed to assess a broad range of skills that faculty across the country feel are important components of critical thinking and real world problem solving." All of the questions are derived from real world situations, most requiring short answer essay responses.