For every course a student takes at WCU, the University has established specific course learning outcomes that reflect the knowledge, skills, and values that students should develop during the course. The sequence of courses and associated outcomes has been designed to ensure that, by the time students graduate, they will have the knowledge, skills and experience to be competent and successful healthcare professionals.
Program-specific learning outcomes are assessed annually during Learning Outcomes Reviews, which occur each Spring, in March or April. In a recurring cycle, every program reviews one or more of its Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs), paying particular attention to the rationale for why the outcome was selected; the methods by which the outcomes are measured; and the findings from supporting data. On the basis of this review, recommendations are formulated to improve student learning. If the evidence demonstrates that there is a weakness in a specific learning outcome, an action plan is developed to improve results. If the evidence demonstrates that the desired learning is taking place, we reflect on how to sustain successful practices.
Institutional Assessment considers the breadth of the student learning experience. Regardless of the program of study a student chooses, we have established learning outcomes every student should master before graduation.
Upon graduating from a degree program offered by West Coast University, students will be able to:
- Implement 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.
- Articulate the importance of working collaboratively with other healthcare providers in support of the client/patient.
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.