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University-Wide Assessment of Student Learning
ONU Student Learning Outcomes: Undergraduate and General Education Programs
As a result of their educational experiences at Ohio Northern University, students will be able to demonstrate:
- Effective communication
- Critical and creative thinking
- Scientific and quantitative literacy
- An understanding of diverse cultures and their effects on human interaction
- Integration of concepts across disciplines
- Informed and ethical responses to personal, civic, and global needs
- Informed responses to aesthetics in art or nature
The Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP), developed by ACT, is a standardized, nationally normed method of assessing higher level learning related to general education programs. Beginning in the fall of 2011, Ohio Northern first-year and senior students participate in two of the CAAP test modules (Critical Thinking and Writing Essay) that correspond with assessing the University's learning outcomes of Critical & Creative Thinking and Effective Communication.
The NATIONAL SURVEY OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT (NSSE) and the LAW SCHOOL SURVEY OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT (LSSSE) were designed to assess the extent to which students are engaged in effective educational practices that are linked with learning, personal development, and other desirable outcomes for student success such as satisfaction, persistence, and graduation. In one section of the survey, students indicate the extent to which their experience at Ohio Northern contributed to their knowledge, skills and personal development in several areas that correspond with the University's learning outcomes. The Pettit College of Law participates in LSSSE every spring. Students from the other four colleges participate in NSSE every other year.
The COLLEGE SENIOR SURVEY (CSS), developed by the Higher Education Research Institute, was designed to help institutions respond to the need for assessment and accountability data by providing information on a broad range of student outcomes. Outcomes include a section of questions where students indicate whether or not their abilities in several areas (related to the University's general learning objectives) are stronger compared to when they first started at Ohio Northern.
The ALUMNI SURVEY was developed locally to determine the degree to which various learning outcomes associated with the University's general learning objectives are obtained. Graduates indicate to what extent they consider the importance of each outcome to their development and the extent to which their experience at Ohio Northern has contributed to their development for each outcome. The Alumni Survey is conducted every three years.
The EMPLOYER SURVEY was developed to coincide with the alumni survey and asks employers of graduates to indicate the importance of outcomes related to the University's general learning objectives and the extent to which the Ohio Northern graduate in their employ demonstrates each of the outcomes. The Employer Survey is conducted every three years in conjunction with the Alumni Survey.