Student Katherine Johnson demonstrates to Senior Research Associate Troy Alphin her understanding of scientific methodologies as she assists with a monitoring project. The purpose of the project is to assess oyster reef health based on changes in oyster density and coverage.
Assessment at UNCW
Student Learning Assessment
At UNCW, passionate and engaged teaching, learning and research matter. The assessment of student learning guides our curricula and is a critical component of the powerful UNCW learning experience, both for general and specialized education. We focus on how the university and every program of the university contribute to student development.
Student learning is assessed in all academic programs, including general education, as well as in Student Affairs programs. All programs have developed student learning outcomes that are aligned to the UNCW Learning Goals, and these outcomes are assessed regularly according to program assessment plans.
The success of our students is assessed using a variety of means: course-embedded assessments, program portfolios, nationally recognized tools such as the Collegiate Learning Assessment, ETS Major Fields Tests, and the National Survey of Student Engagement, professional certification rates, and graduation and retention rates. In addition to these, our educational programs also utilize annual assessment reporting, academic program review, national and regional awards, and professional accreditation to continually improve the learning experience for all UNCW students.
All programs (degree programs, educational support programs, business programs and research programs) assess the their effectiveness in meeting their mission. Program outcomes align to the mission and strategic goals of the university, as well as standards of professional organizations as appropriate. All programs participate in UNCW's annual assessment process.