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Student learning outcomes are assessed at the course, program, and institutional levels. Participation in the assessment activities ensures continual improvement and a quality education for current and future generations of students.
Missouri S&T Assessment Policy
All students at Missouri S&T are required to participate in assessment of learning outcomes before graduation. The requirement for assessment originated from directives of the governor and Missouri General Assembly for institutions to show direct evidence of student learning. The coordination of assessment processes is housed within the provost's office.
All graduating seniors must fulfill assessment requirements as determined by their major field department.
All other full-time students must fulfill assessment requirements as determined by the campus, consistent with the Board of Curator’s guidelines, before registering for further course work.
Assessment is a process intended to help students and faculty improve student learning and learning experiences. Assessment results help students align their educational goals, learning experiences and outcomes with the courses and services offered by the University. All academic advisors and department chairs have access to the assessment data. Students are encouraged to communicate with their academic advisors and faculty to identify, and enroll in, appropriate courses and seek support services to fulfill their educational goals. Assessment also helps the faculty to improve instruction, pedagogy, course content and technology to better meet the needs of the students.
Compliance is important to Missouri S&T students, programs, and the entire institution. Specifically, students must cooperate in the following manner, which is subject to change.
All students who have attained the junior class level, in each semester, are automatically scheduled to take the ETS’ proficiency profile test, which measures general education skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and critical thinking. Students will be notified the semester they qualify to take the test. Students who have earned 61 or more credit hours and who did not test will have a HOLD placed on their academic account. This HOLD will prevent the students from future registration of courses.
1. An ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
2. An ability to think critically and analyze effectively;
3. An ability to apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in solving critical problems;
4. An ability to function in diverse learning and working environments;
5. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities;
6. An awareness of national and global contemporary issues; and
7. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
1. Knowledge: An ability to apply knowledge of subject matter within their field of study
2. Communication: An ability to communicate effectively within their field of study.
3. Critical Thinking: An ability to engage in productive critical thinking within their field of study
4. Professional Development An ability to develop professional within their field of study
Seniors are scheduled to take a major field test, such as the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) test or the Major Field Test (MFT), before being approved for graduation. The major field test assesses students’ ability to apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in solving critical problems. Some engineering departments administer faculty developed tests in lieu of the FE examination.
Students receive the MFT notification from their department. Information about FE test dates and requirements are available through the engineering departments.
At Missouri S&T, student learning outcomes are also assessed indirectly through surveys of student engagement and satisfaction.
Freshmen and seniors are scheduled to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which obtains information about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development.
Assessing Learning Outcomes