Core Curriculum Assessment: Results and Plans

Core Curriculum Assessment Results


Current Assessment Plan

THECB requires institutions to assess the six core objectives and provide reports to the THECB. As part of these reports, institutions are required to report on direct measurement of student learning for the six core objectives, provide descriptions of the assessment process, and detail follow-up actions.

Faculty who teach each Foundational Component Area course determine how to assess each of the designated 3-4 Core Objectives for that course. These assessments may be projects, presentations, or tests embedded in the course. Regardless of the method the faculty use for assessment, the faculty who develop this process are also responsible for developing a table of how these assessment scores translate to the ratings of Unacceptable, Acceptable, and Excellent. The faculty report the method of assessment, the translation table, a roster of each individual student’s rating to the Office of Planning and Assessment at the end of each semester the course is taught. All six core objectives are covered each semester and all core faculty report each semester.

Pilot Assessment Plan - Begun Spring 2018

Assessment by Foundational Component Area

Assessment of the core objectives in the UHCL Core Curriculum will be determined by the individual foundational component areas (FCA) with the guidance and oversight of the Core Curriculum Committee.  Courses in the Component Area Option (090)—Public Speaking and Learning Frameworks, and science labs—will be assessed in discipline-specific FCAs.  Public Speaking and Learning Frameworks will move to FCA 010 Communication; labs will move to FCA 030 Life & Physical Sciences.

All courses, but not necessarily all sections, and all core objectives in each FCA should be assessed within a three-year period cycle whenever possible. Faculty will assess a random sample of artifacts for each learning outcome. Random samples should fall within the 15-30% range, depending on the size of course enrollment.

Assessment plans will be based on the UHCL Core Learning Outcomes and will be assessed by using the associated rubrics.  Courses within the FCAs must assess at least 3 or 4 of the 5 learning outcomes. It is recommended that all learning outcomes be addressed by the cumulative courses within the FCA.

FCA Faculty and OIE reps will meet within the FCAs to develop the three steps of the assessment plans.

  1. Step 1: Develop plan (spring semester)
  2. Step 2: Implement plan (fall and spring semester)
  3. Step 3: Interpret and analyze information (fall semester)

Criteria for Success will be a university standard: At least 70% of students will receive an evaluation of Excellent or Very Good (Scale: Excellent, Very Good, Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory) in each learning outcome assessed.

FCA Faculty are encouraged to work with the Center for Faculty Development to develop signature assignments.

FCAs are to submit this assessment plan to the UHCL Core Curriculum Committee (CCC) no later than two months before the beginning of the implementation (Step 2) of the assessment cycle.

Creative Arts

  • Develop plans: Spring 2018
  • Implement plans: Fall 2018 – Spring 2019
  • Interpret and Analyze information: Fall 2019
  • Begin second cycle: Spring 2020 

Language, Philosophy and Culture
Government/Political Science
Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Develop plans: Spring 2019
  • Implement plans: Fall 2019 – Spring 2020
  • Interpret and Analyze information: Fall 2020
  • Begin second cycle: Spring 2021

Life and Physical Sciences

  • Develop plans: Spring 2020
  • Implement plans: Fall 2020 – Spring 2021
  • Interpret and Analyze information: Fall 2021
  • Begin second cycle: Spring 2022

Core Curriculum Resources

  • Institutional Effectiveness

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