Academic Assessment and Program Review

Humboldt State University Institutional Learning Outcomes

In the course of achieving competence in a major area of study, HSU students will acquire intellectual skills and knowledge of cultures, history, and the physical and natural world that will prepare them for fulfilling careers, for thoughtful and civic participation in democratic society, and to work for sustainable, just societies.

Specifically, the HSU curriculum ensures that all graduating students will achieve competence in the seven areas of concentration and assessment described below:

  1. Equity and Social Justice – HSU graduates will be able to identify and evaluate systems of power and privilege and identify methods for creating diverse, inclusive, and racially just and equitable communities.

  2. Sustainability and Environmental Awareness – HSU graduates will be able to explain how the functions of the natural world, society, and the economy depend on the resilience, sustainability, and conservation of ecological systems.

  3. Information Literacy – HSU graduates will be able to locate, evaluate, and employ information effectively and ethically for a wide range of purposes.

  4. Critical Thinking – HSU graduates will be able to critically evaluate issues, ideas, artifacts, and evidence to guide their thinking.

  5. Written Communication – HSU graduates will be able to develop and express ideas effectively in writing.

  6. Oral Communication – HSU graduates will be able to effectively communicate orally for informational, persuasive, and expressive purposes.

  7. Quantitative Reasoning – HSU graduates will be able to apply math concepts and skills to the interpretation and analysis of quantitative information in context.

 

Humboldt State University General Education and All-University Requirements (GEAR) Program Learning Outcomes

The goal of the GEAR Program is to provide broad opportunities for development of foundational skills, disciplinary knowledge, and diverse perspectives that are critical to success of students through their educational journey at Humboldt State University and as lifelong learners.

 

The GEAR program learning outcomes are organized into three categories. Upon completion of the GEAR program, students will be able to:

Foundational Skills

1. Demonstrate emergent skills and dispositions necessary for lifelong learning and self-development.
2. Locate, evaluate, and employ information effectively and ethically for a wide range of purposes.
3. Critically evaluate issues, ideas, artifacts, and evidence.
4. Develop and express ideas effectively in writing.
5. Effectively communicate orally for informational, persuasive, and expressive purposes.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of broad college-level quantitative concepts and apply mathematical or statistical methods to describe, analyze, and solve problems in context.

Disciplinary Knowledge

7. Apply scientific methods and models to draw quantitative and qualitative conclusions about the physical and natural world.
8. Transform materials, ideas, or solutions into new forms through creative expression, innovative thinking and making, risk taking, or problem solving.
9. Analyze literary, philosophical, historical, or artistic works and explain their cultural and/or historical significance and context.
10. Analyze concepts, research methods, and theories pertaining to one or more of disciplines of the social sciences.

Broad Perspectives

11. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the history of the US, and its structures of constitutional government, as a foundation for civic participation at all levels.
12. Apply knowledge produced by voices and perspectives of marginalized communities to analyze systems of power and privilege and identify strategies for creating just and equitable societies.
13. Describe how the resilience, sustainability, and conservation of ecological systems is a foundation of the functions of the natural world and/or economies.
14. Articulate how a resilient future interfaces with the development of just and equitable societies, economies, environmental protection, and/or resource management at the local, national, and/or global levels

 

Program Learning Outcomes and Assessment Plans by Program

 

Learning Assessment Planning and Reporting: 

 

Academic Program Review: 

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  • Timeline of Review Year

  • Self-Study Template

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  • Schedule a Meeting to Discuss Your Program’s Data

  • External Review: Logistics and Template

  • Most recent self-studies and MOUs, by program