Student Learning Outcomes (Direct)

Examples of Direct Assessment

  • Students' performance on key indicators is evaluated by faculty members in an internship setting.
  • Students' presentation skills are evaluated by faculty members in in-class presentations and in internship presentations.
  • Field experience supervisors report on students' demonstration of professionalism and competency.
  • Samples of student work (papers, project reports, design projects) are collected, archived, and summarized across the program and are reported to faculty members and other interested parties.
  • Students perform a practical laboratory examination to demonstrate intermediate level problem-solving skills, familiarity with modern laboratory techniques, and experimental design.
  • Students complete a national standardized exam to determine if program changes increase or decrease students' performance. Scores are compared with class peers, with class records from previous years, and at the national level.
  • Faculty members use a rubric to evaluate students' written paper on emerging issues in the discipline and a separate rubric to evaluate students' oral presentation of this paper.
  • Students demonstrate technical competency in the discipline by integrating knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, engineering and analytical methods to develop a new food product.
  • Samples of student writing are collected from across the program and evaluated by a faculty panel using a rubric for evidence of students' ability to write a well-researched, referenced, logical research paper.
  • Teaching portfolios are reviewed by faculty members for evidence of students' ability to plan, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate activities.
  • Students demonstrate their ability to determine the strength of evidence for a nutrition claim by completing a counseling scenario. Results are evaluated using a rubric.
  • Student performance on key competencies are collected on student entry into the program, at program mid-point, and at the completion of the program to track student development of these competencies over time and to provide a review of program content.
  • Students create portfolios of their work during the senior capstone experience. These portfolios are evaluated by the undergraduate curriculum committee.
  • Faculty members review student work during open senior exhibition.

Assessment Contact Information:

Dr. Jessica Jonson
Director of Institutional Assessment
Office of Undergraduate Studies
201 Seaton Hall (0683)
(402) 472-3899
jjonson2@unl.edu