Student Learning

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Student Learning

The mission of Utah Valley University is to educate students.  This mission ensures that the institution is focused on student learning. To further that mission, the college recognizes the importance of evaluating progress towards that goal. Every sector of the college engages in informal and formal evaluation procedures. Formal assessment is used to assess student learning at the course-, program-, and institutional-levels. Faculty across the university engage in continual assessment of student learning. Those assessment results are then discussed within each discipline and across the university.

 Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are the observable or measurable results student achieve after completing a course or a program.  Assessment of SLOs are regularly done at the course-level (CLO) and mapped to program-level (PLO) and institutional-level (ELO). In regular cycles, analysis of course-level, program-level, and institutional-level SLOs is completed for ongoing feedback and implementation of ideas for improvement. Through the process, faculty dialog is central to SLO work. Collegial dialog about assessment results takes place at discipline meetings, division meetings, committee meetings, and staff development workshops. Evidence of collegial dialog is found in meeting minutes and in program review documents. The assessment of student learning is a significant part of the program review and resource allocation processes at Utah Valley University.

 The use of assessment results is meant to stimulate discussion and direct activities that can improve instructional delivery. Results will not be used as the basis of evaluation or disciplinary action for individual faculty members. However, as part of the professional responsibilities of faculty, instructors are expected to participate in the SLO process.

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