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ECE Bags 2012 Provost’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Assessment of Learning

May 4, 2012

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department bagged this year’s prestigious Provost’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Assessment of Learning. Over the years, the ECE Department has distinguished itself for its investment in assessment of student learning. Under the leadership of Department Chair Dr. Nagy Bengiamin, the department implements comprehensive assessment processes that close the loop for all their four programs – the BS degree in Electrical Engineering, the BS degree in Computer Engineering, the MS Engineering – Electrical Engineering Option and the MS Engineering – Computer Engineering Option. These departmental processes are tweaked on a regular basis and have matured significantly over the last decade resulting in improvements in teaching and learning. This year the ECE faculty members are collaborating with other Lyles College of Engineering faculty on a research project focused on outcomes-based grading, an unexplored area of study, especially in engineering. Everyone is invited to the Provost’s Awards reception where ECE, along with other awardees, will be recognized for their achievements on Thursday, May 10, 2012, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the University Dining Hall.

New Resources in NILOA Website

April 30, 2012

The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) has recently added new resources to their website. Please click any of the links to view:

Lessons Learned (April 2012)

April 11, 2012

This edition of Lessons Learned includes the Craig School of Business’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program and JCAST’s Industrial Technology (IT) Department. The MBA program began a new strategy for assessing “soft skills” while the IT department started using a national certification exam which aligns with the curriculum for the Bachelor of Science Industrial Technology major.

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Another Way of Ranking Universities

April 10, 2012

This ranking system is called What Will They Learn and is based on the types of courses offered (see the Rating Criteria). As they say, they are using this to determine whether a college or university has a solid core curriculum based on what they think that should be.

There’s an article in the New York Times today as well called Trying to Find a Measure for How Well Colleges Do

Others are determining the criteria and measures. We need to determine our own.

This Year’s Report to the President’s Alliance and Fresno State’s Assessment Goals for the Coming Year

February 27, 2012

As a member of the President’s Alliance for Excellence in Student Learning and Accountability, Fresno State must report its progress on assessing learning each year. We also establish goals for the coming year. These are made public on the President’s Alliance website. Fresno State’s ratings and goals can be seen here.


February 15, 2012

Call for Nominations for Provost’s Award for Assessment of Learning

Nominations are now being accepted for the Provost’s Awards for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to nominate an academic program for the Distinguished Achievement in Assessment of Learning award. This award goes to academic programs that demonstrate sustained assessment of learning across multiple years and use of results to improve teaching, learning, or the curriculum.

Nomination forms and instructions are available on-line at: and in the Office of the Provost, Haak Administration Center, Henry Madden Library, 4th floor.

All nominations must be submitted to the Office of the Provost on or before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2012.

Assessment Mini-Grant RFP Available Now!

January 28, 2012

The RFP for the new cycle of mini grants for program learning assessment projects to be completed during 2012-13 is attached. You can also find more information, including a synopsis of past grant projects that were funded and Tips for Getting the Grant at this url:

Click here to download the 2012-13 RFP:

RFPAssessment 2012-13

Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) Website Honored by NILOA

November 15, 2011

The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) has chosen California State University-Fresno’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness’ website as “NILOA’s Featured Website for its communication.”

From the commendation:

“California State University – Fresno’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) web page provides a wealth of assessment information to multiple audiences across campus.  From its detailed Fact Book data to information about its assessment activities and their results, CSU – Fresno provides practical tools to assess student learning outcomes and the means for faculty, staff and administrators to use the results of assessment to improve learning.  For example, Student Outcomes Assessment Plans, or SOAPs, and sample rubrics and templates are publicly available on each program offered at CSU – Fresno.  Further, since Fall 2005, faculty from various departments interested in implementing direct measures of student learning have received grants from the OIE, and final reports are publicly available. ”

Please click the link above to read the entire feedback on the OIE website!

November 2011 Featured Website

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WASC Commission Accreditation Approval

November 13, 2011

Following a public hearing and extensive discussion at the Commission meeting, the Commission has approved the first stage of the accreditation redesign process. Click here to read the full text of the resolution (4 pages).

Highlights that are Most Relevant to Learning Outcomes Assessment at Fresno State:

3. Graduation Proficiencies for Undergraduate Degrees: Consistent with Criteria for Review 2.2 and 2.6, all institutions offering undergraduate degrees will be expected to demonstrate that their graduates have achieved the institution’s stated level of proficiency at least in the following five areas: written and oral communication, quantitative skills, critical thinking and information literacy. The institution has the responsibility to determine how each of the proficiencies is defined, the level of proficiency expected of students upon graduation, how the proficiency is to be assessed and to demonstrate that graduates consistently achieve or surpass the stated level of proficiency. Institutions are also expected to determine similar outcomes and levels of proficiency in the major or disciplinary field and in other areas determined by the institution to be important to fulfill its mission.

4. Focusing on the Meaning, Quality and Rigor of the Degrees: Building on the first paragraph of CFR 2.2 and CFR 1.2, which requires that institutions define the outcomes of degrees beyond the accumulation of courses and credits, the Commission expects that all institutions will articulate, as part of the institutional review process, the learning outcomes of the degree as a whole and demonstrate that there are processes in place to assure the meaning, quality and rigor of the degrees offered. The institution is responsible for defining how it will address these issues.

Quality Assurance, Rearranged

November 1, 2011

Click here to read, Quality Assurance, Rearranged the article by Doug Lederman published in Inside Higher Ed about the U.S. panel’s ideas for revamping higher education accreditation.