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2013-14 Baccalaureate Core WIC Review

Stefani Dawn, Interim Director of Assessment & AccreditationBy Stefani Dawn, Interim Director of Assessment and Accreditation

The 2013-14 Baccalaureate Core (Bacc Core) review will begin in the Winter 2014 term and is the first review to include WIC courses (last year’s review covered Science, Technology and Society and Contemporary Global Issues). WIC course reviews are organized by college with each college being reviewed once every 7 years. Colleges undergoing review this year are the Colleges of Agricultural Science (16 WIC courses, 3 no longer offered), Business (4 WIC courses), and Public Health and Human Sciences (9 WIC courses, 1 no longer offered). Next year’s review will assess WIC Engineering courses.

The review process is as follows:

  • In the Spring, instructors and/or units submit one online form for each WIC course addressing questions about the course. The questions ask about:
    • Whether the unit/instructor wants the course to continue as a Bacc Core course;
    • The structure of the course (lecture, labs, etc.) and who teaches (faculty, TAs);
    • How the course specifically addresses the Bacc Core WIC category student learning outcomes and how those outcomes are assessed in the course;
    • The student attainment of the WIC learning outcomes;
    • Specific informal and formal writing assignments; and
    • The process the unit uses to consider changes to Bacc Core WIC courses.
  • Course syllabi and instructions for the formal writing assignment(s) are submitted with the form. Syllabi and assignment submissions are checked to ensure they meet the WIC criteria and that they provide evidence to support responses in the review form.
  • Course submissions, which include specific course data provided by Institutional Research, are reviewed by the Baccalaureate Core Committee (BCC). The BCC determines if the course is “re-certified,” is “on probation” to allow time for the course to more fully comply with the category criteria, or if the “course needs substantial development before re-certification.” The goals of the review are to ensure WIC courses meet the criteria, to engage faculty and units in a meaningful and successful review, and to ensure that students are receiving the full benefit from their WIC experience.

In addition to providing course level and student learning data, the Bacc Core Category Review provides an opportunity for faculty to collaborate in assessment and to help ensure consistency across different sections of the same course. The review also provides a mechanism for faculty and units to communicate about larger curricular considerations, such as the skills students have when entering the WIC course and whether those skills are at the appropriate level, faculty support needs to deliver WIC courses, and/or the structure of the Baccalaureate Core.

The Academic Programs, Assessment, and Accreditation (APAA) website provides additional detailed information about the Bacc Core Review, including a calendar, review form templates, and example responses to review form questions. The website is: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/apaa/assessment/baccalaureate-core-assessment-0 . You are welcome to contact me or Vicki Tolar Burton with any questions you may have about the Bacc Core WIC Review. 

Mon, 11/25/2013

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