How well can Harper students communicate in writing?Submitted by the Learning Assessment Committee

Our General Education Learning Outcomes state that students should be able to “Communicate information and concepts in oral and written formats” at the time they graduate from Harper.

Last spring, the Learning Assessment Committee and its Communication Work Group led an assessment of this outcome in a selection of course sections, ultimately assessing the work of more than 800 students. Thank you to those of you who participated in this assessment!

Student writing assignments were scored using a rubric. The criteria for success was set at 70% of students scoring a 3 or higher on the 4-point rubric (individual items and overall score). Overall, the Spring 2019 results showed:

How well can Harper students communicate in writing?

What happens next?

Based on these results, the Learning Assessment Committee and General Education-Communication Work Group are gathering feedback to inform development of a Communication Improvement Plan. The plan will be completed in Spring 2020, implemented in FY2021, and a follow-up assessment of this outcome will be conducted in FY2022.

Join the conversation!

  • Complete this survey to share your ideas about these results and students’ Written Communication skills! This input will be used in the development of the Communication Improvement Plan.
  • Attend a discussion group on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Academy, Room F315.
  • Join or contact the work group!

Learn more about the General Education results: