Institutional Assessment measures student learning at the broadest level. Regardless of the program of study a student chooses, we have established learning outcomes every student should master upon graduation.
Upon graduating from a degree program offered by West Coast University, students will be able to:
- Develop intellectual and practical problem-solving skills through information assessment and critical thinking.
- Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
- Demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
- Demonstrate computer proficiency and information literacy.
- Describe ethical standards and legal guidelines associated with one's chosen career field.
- Explain why knowledge of and respect for the societal contributions of diverse cultures and perspectives is an important quality in one's discipline.
Program-specific learning outcomes are assessed annually during Program Reviews, which occur each March. For every program and every learning outcome, we detail:
- The proposed outcomes and the rationale why those outcomes were selected
- The method of measuring student achievement toward these outcomes
- The findings from supporting data
- Recommendations to improve student learning
If the evidence demonstrates that there is a weakness in a specific learning outcome, an action plan is created to improve results.
Just as the academic Program Reviews assess student learning, we also assess student learning and competence in non-academic departments.
Admissions Department Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to explain the admissions process.
- Students will be able to describe the class structure, course requirements, transfer of credit process and any entrance exams.
- Students will complete the acceptance and registration process in a timely and accurate manner.
Financial Aid Department Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of their rights and responsibilities as student loan borrowers.
- Students will be able to access their loan history online.
- Students will be able to identify available funding resources.
Student Services Department Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to identify WCU resources and services that promote self sufficiency.
- Students will demonstrate personal accountability throughout their WCU educational experience.
- Students will demonstrate basic leadership skills.
- Students will participate in events and activities that promote respect and appreciation for self, community and others.
Career Services Department Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to identify their career goals.
- Students will develop a strategy to assist them in achieving their career goals.
- Students will demonstrate effective job searching techniques.
- Students will demonstrate effective interviewing skills.
For every course a student takes at WCU, the University has established specific course learning outcomes. These outcomes are appropriately integrated so that upon graduation, students know that they have achieved the end-goal; they will graduate with the knowledge, skills and experience to be competent and successful health care professionals.