This site is intended for administrative departments that provide students with purposeful and structured out-of-class learning experiences.
Following the 2004 re-accreditation review, Committee on Learning Assessment (COLA)--the overseeing entity of all learning assessment activities at the College--established a sub-committee: Co-Curricular Learning Assessment Group (CLAG). After CLAG was formed, it met regularly to help develop co-curricular learning goals and assessment methods. In recent years, co-curricular learning assessment has been integrated into individual departments, and assessment reports/learning plans are submitted and reviewed at the divisional level.
Assessment of student learning in co-curricular programs focuses on: (1). Structured programs designed by administrative offices (esp. College Life Division and Enrollment & Educational Services Division). (2). The residential and social environment, mostly directly shaped by the quality of student-student, student-faculty, and student-administrator interactions.
During the 2004-2005 academic year, College Life Division developed four Overarching Co-Curricular Learning Goals: Ethical Decision-Making, Collaboration & Teamwork, Effective Communication, and Local & Global Citizenship. During 2007-2008, College Life Division revised co-curricular learning goals and articulated Goals for Leadership Development, which focus on four areas of co-curricular learning: Citizenship, Integrity, Inclusiveness, and Emotional Intelligence. Many of the co-curricular programs are intended to reinforce the declared learning goals of the academic curriculum.
In alignment with these overarching co-curricular goals, departments articulate their program-level student learning goals.
Co-curricular programs have been submitting assessment reports/learning plans, which include student learning goals, assessment methods and results, and utilization of assessment. These reports provide information on how the College co-curricular programs impact student learning and personal development, and how departments use assessment to improve program effectiveness. If you are interested in learning about assessment practices of various co-curricular programs, please contact Jeff Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org) (College Life Division) or Suhua Dong (email@example.com) (EES Division).
- Co-Curricular Assessment Resources Developed by Gettysburg College
- Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcome Assessment (A comprehensive resource site compiled by North Carolina State University, containing assessment information of colleges across the country)
- Books on Assessment