Graduate Assessment Policy
From MWSU Graduate School Policy Portal
Draft for discussion
Assessment of Student Learning Requirements for Graduate Degree Programs at Missouri Western State University
Draft November 16, 2011
The following graduate learning goals best reflect the mission of graduate education at Western
- A depth of content knowledge
- The depth of content knowledge can include program learning objectives related specifically to the knowledge base as defined by the discipline but can also include learning objectives related to ethical behaviors and professional responsibility; specific skill sets in the areas of technology, leadership, management, or laboratory procedures; application of theory into practice; and/or competency as a performer, educator, or conductor.
- Critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Critical thinking and problem solving can be assessed through various class assignments including laboratory procedures and reports; application of case studies and other simulated situations; and evaluations of health/medical status as well as by performance on the program's comprehensive knowledge component.
- Effective oral and written communication skills
- Oral and written communication skills typically are assessed throughout the students' degree program. Regular course assignments, including position papers, lab reports, research reviews, technical presentations, debates, and facilitated discussions as well as performance as a graduate assistant, if appropriate, can be utilized.
- Evidence of applied scholarship
- Advanced scholarship through research and creative activity is a critical component of all graduate degree programs. Evidence of scholarly activity might include formulating, conducting, and presenting original research, critically reviewing and synthesizing existing research, designing artwork or other creative works and composing a musical piece, or performing work for business or industry. Given Western's status as Missouri's Applied Learning institution, application of knowledge to real-world problems is encouraged.