WSU Program Assessment Examples

Are you looking for ideas for effective assessment in your own program? Just want to see what other programs are doing? Thanks to the good work of colleagues in academic, co-curricular and student services programs, you can find over 30 helpful ideas below!

(See the Showcase page for examples of turning good assessment work into scholarly publications and presentations.)


Angela Trepanier for the MS in Genetic Counseling, School of Medicine:

  • Learning outcome assessed: Students effectively educate clients about a wide range of genetics and genomics information based on their needs, their characteristics, and the circumstances of the encounter.
  • Assessment method: Board certification exam

  • Full narrative (PDF)

Aaron Hardy-Smith for the MA in Communication Science and Disorders, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Learning outcome assessed: Students' knowledge and skills in patient education about diagnosis and natural history
  • Assessment method: A genetic counseling board examination subscore
  • Written narrative (PDF)

Sara F. Maher for the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Health Care Sciences, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences:

  • Learning outcome assessed: Students effectively use verbal communication while speaking in a culturally competent manner with peers and other interdisciplinary team members
  • Assessment methods: Oral presentation, platform presentation, poster presentation
  • Written narrative (PDF)

Jay Burmeister for the Graduate Program in Medical Physics, Department of Oncology, School of Medicine:

  • Learning outcome assessed: Students apply fundamental physics principles to clinical medical physics within Radiation Oncology.
  • Assessment method: Alumni survey
  • Written narrative (PDF)

Stephen Chrisomalis and Susan Villerot for MA and PhD in Anthropology:

  • Learning outcome assessed: Students teach general anthropology and upper division courses in subfields.
  • Assessment method: Survey
  • Written narrative (PDF)

John Wagster and Ligia Pamfilie for Undergraduate Business Majors:

  • Learning outcomesassessed: Multiple finance content areas and skills
  • Assessment method: Pilot pyramid exams 
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Michael Fulhage, Katheryn Macguire, Kelly Jakes, Pradeep Sopory and Fred Vultee for PhD in Communication:

  • Learning outcomes assessed: Students review disciplinary literature, identify new research questions, and use appropriate research methodologies.
  • Assessment method: A new rubric for scoring prospectuses and dissertations
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Bob Reynolds, Loren Schwiebert and Stephanie Chastain for BS in Computer Science:

  • Learning outcome assessed: Students solve real-world problems by applying principles of computer science, mathematics, scientific investigation, and engineering.
  • Assessment method: Homework, labs, quizzes, exams and projects from six different courses
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Jennifer Wareham, Marianka Holloway, Matthew Larson, Charles Klahm and Ebonie Byndon-Fields for BS in Criminal Justice:

  • Learning outcome assessed: Students explain the general nature of crime and criminality.
  • Assessment method: Exam questions and survey items comparing freshmen and senior responses
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Lisa Maruca, Simone Chess, Hilary Fox, Donovan Hohn, renee hoogland, Chera Kee, Richard Marback, Frances Ranney, Thomas Trimble, Lisa Ze-Winters, and Ellen Barton for BA in English:

  • Learning outcomes assessed: Students read critically, write effectively, carry out research, and connect literary and cultural productions across eras, genres, styles, forms, theories, and techniques.
  • Assessment method: Scoring rubric
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Elizabeth Corah-Hopkins, Christina DeNicolo and Sandra Gonzales for Graduate Bridge Certificate in English as a Second Language:

  • Learning outcome assessed: Students create principled lesson plans grounded in research and theory.
  • Assessment method: Annotated lesson plans scored using a rubric
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Mark Evely for BS in Mortuary Science: 

  • Learning outcomes assessed: Students demonstrate proper practices in funeral arranging and preparation of human remains, apply principles of the grief process and sociology to interacting with the bereaved, and apply legal, ethical and business standards.
  • Assessment method: National Board Exam (NBE), graduate and employer surveys
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Emily Grekin, Marjorie Beeghly, John Woodard, Susanne Brummelte, Cary Lichtman, Margo Bowman and Shelly Seguin for BA in Psychology: 

  • Learning outcome assessed: Students identify violations of ethical standards.
  • Assessment method: Test to assess ethics knowledge across two curricular pathways
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Kimberly Campbell-Voytal, Dana Rice, Victoria Neale and Dawn Misra for Master of Public Health:

  • Learning outcome assessed: Students apply evidence-based knowledge to public health issues.
  • Assessment method: Research Advisor and Independent Reader Evaluation tools
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Sarah Borland and John Dion for BS in Radiologic Technology:

  • Learning outcome assessed: Students demonstrate effective written communication skills.
  • Assessment method: Selection of students' written work in two academic and six clinical courses
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Karen Myhr and Lori Pile for BA and BS in Biological Sciences:

  • Learning outcome assessed: Students apply the process of science.
  • Assessment method: A sample of term papers across three writing intensive courses.
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Jeff Pruchnic and Thomas Trimble for Composition Program:

  • Learning outcomes assessed: Students compose persuasive academic genres using a reflective research process.
  • Assessment method: An end-of-semester reflective essay in ENG 1020 scored using a common rubric
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Bob Reynolds for PhD in Computer Science:

  • Learning outcome assessed: Incoming students demonstrate core knowledge of data structures, advanced programming, and fundamental mathematical concepts.
  • Assessment method: Proficiency exam
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Ece Yaprak and Emmanuel Ssemakula for BS in Computer Technology:

  • Learning outcome assessed: Students select and apply knowledge, techniques, skills and tools to engineering activities.
  • Assessment method: Specific exam and lab questions that align with the learning outcome across multiple courses 
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Neva Nahan and Elizabeth Janks for Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities:

  • Learning outcome assessed: Students employ self-awareness and intercultural sensitivity in relation to disability to support full community inclusion.
  • Assessment method: Synthesis paper in SW 6700
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Mark Larson for MEd in Early Childhood Education:

  • Learning outcome assessed: Students employ critical reading, analysis and application skills to guide their pedagogical decisions.
  • Assessment method: Selected rubric scores for an annotated bibliography assignment from ELE 6020
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Fred Vultee an Elizabeth Stoycheff for BA in Journalism:

  • Learning outcome assessed:Students present information in accurate, concise, and grammatically correct ways.
  • Assessment method: Grammar competency exams given as pre- and posttests
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Marsha Richmond and Betsy Lublin for BA in History:

  • Learning outcome assessed: Students compare histories of diverse geographical regions and their development over time.
  • Assessment method: Students' capstone research and capstone survey
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Gina DeBlase and Poonam Arya for Ed.D. in Reading, Language, and Literature:

  • Learning outcome assessed:Students analyze and critique disciplinary research.
  • Assessment method: Rubric applied to student critiques of a research article
  • Written narrative (PDF)

Shelly Najor for BA in Public Relations:

  • Learning outcome assessed:Students prepare appropriate communications materials for use in all media (print and digital).
  • Assessment method: Student portfolios
  • Written narrative (PDF)

Robert Conway, Wendy Matthews, Gail Gebhart, Ann Marie Koukois, and Stanley Waldon for BA in Music:

  • Learning outcome assessed:Students demonstrate functional keyboarding skills.
  • Assessment method: Common rubric with multiple sections for the range of techniques needed
  • Written narrative (PDF)

Eric Ash for MA and PhD in History:

  • Learning outcomes assessed:Students locate and analyze sources, and describe and explaing events, historiography, historical argument, and professional standrads.
  • Assessment method: Rubric scores from theses, essays, and dissertations
  • Written narrative (PDF)

Neva Nahan and Karen Weiner for Graduate Certificate in Temporary Approval for Michigan School Social Workers:

  • Learning outcome assessed: Students apply legal and ethical standrads to social work practice in school settings.
  • Assessment method: Exam in SW 8180
  • Written narrative (PDF)


Jeanine Bessette for Housing and Residential Life:

  • Learning outcome assessed: Resident Assistants help residents make personal connections, identify campus resources, and resolve problems, and provide programming to support student success.
  • Assessment method: EBI survey and a floor chart quiz
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Laura Woodward, Hamid Siddiqui, Joshua Alexander Armes, Reni Gresham, Ahmad Mohamad Bani Hani, Anne Walters, Mahdi Ebrahimi, Petar Lazic, James Lee for Testing, Evaluation and Research Services:

  • Program outcome assessed: The office will improve test registration and Student Evaluations of Teaching processes.
  • Assessment method: Surveys of users of ASTRO (the new online test registration system) and the new SET application
  • Written narrative: (PDF)

Mike Quattro for Satellite Campuses:

  • Program outcomes assessed: Satellite campuses will expand students' opportunities to take courses and complete their studies whils providing access to high quality resources and support services.
  • Assessment method: Available services tally and student satisfaction survey
  • Written narrative (PDF)

Doug Freed and Jo Bains for Transfer Student Success Center:

  • Program outcome assessed: The TSSC provides transfer students with easy access to information and assistance in transitioning to WSU.
  • Assessment method: Student contact tracking
  • Written narrative (PDF)