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Assessment of Student Learning

The Weber Honors College is committed to understanding and evidencing the impact of the Honors experience on students. Upon completing the Honors Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies and graduating from the Weber Honors College, students will be able to:

 

  1. Contextualize issues and topics within cultural contexts, including interpreting experiences from the perspectives of more than one worldview, and demonstrate effective and appropriate interaction with a diverse cohort of faculty and staff in a variety of contexts.

  2. Examine phenomena from diverse perspectives not confined to a single academic discipline, and make coherent connections among disparate disciplines.

  3. Express ideas with clarity and purpose, both orally and in writing, and demonstrate these communication abilities in multiple contexts to a variety of audiences.

  4. Apply new knowledge outside of the classroom toward the solution of "real world" issues or problems through experiential learning opportunities.

  5. Demonstrate social consciousness, community building, and engaged civic responsibility through participation in campus and community service.

  6. Engage diverse expressions of culture including adapting behavior to interact effectively with those who are different, especially in the context of studying abroad, and demonstrate global self-awareness, tolerance for ambiguity, and self-confidence.

  7. Synthesize academic, professional, and community involvement, including major and honors-specific coursework and high impact practices into an action plan for post-baccalaureate aspirations, revealing personal strengths, weaknesses, and significantly changed perspectives about life experience.

 


The most comprehensive assessment of the Weber Honors College’s learning outcomes is embodied in the Honors College capstone course (HONOR 495) which includes reflective essays, oral presentations, and collection of signature assignments.


Students’ achievement of each learning outcome is assessed in two main ways in the capstone course: 1) use of AAC&U VALUE rubrics by faculty reviewers to evaluate student work, and 2) dissemination of an exit student survey that captures students’ self-reported progress toward achievement of the learning outcomes, satisfaction with the Honors curricular and co-curricular components, and quantitative data on student participation in high impact practices.


Additionally, course evaluations are collected on a semester basis, and and Weber Honors College Faculty Fellow workshops aimed at aligning course learning outcomes with the Weber Honors College learning outcomes are conducted on an annual basis.


Finally, SDSU graduation rates, graduate school admission and job employment following graduation are further indicators of the Weber Honors College's impact on student success.