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The plan for assessing the effectiveness of the Discovery-Based Learning
Initiative is designed primarily to establish evidence that our undergraduate
students are acquiring the skills and knowledge expected, and secondarily to gather
information that will allow the University to effectively target adjustments and improve-
ments to the QEP program components. The Office of Institutional Research and
Institutional Effectiveness and the Office of Undergraduate Discovery Programs will
partner with faculty to implement the assessment plan.
Faculty participation will be a critical part of a successful assessment programs, from
identification of standards through administration of assessment instruments and con-
sideration of results. Evidence of students' research skills can be quickly translated to
curricular change by faculty, and can be evaluated by the Office of Undergraduate
Discovery Programs for possible modification of the course funding criteria. In addi-
tion, the course-based measures will lay the groundwork for discipline-specific
research measures to be developed over time.
The assessment plan focuses on the student learning outcomes framing the Discovery-
Based Learning Initiative, referenced in Section 2.5 and reiterated below:
· Students will be able to formulate a research question or problem.
· Students will be able to identify basic principles and knowledge related to their
research question or problem.