This site is intended for administrative departments that provide students with purposeful and structured out-of-class learning experiences.
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 in College Life and EES Division have articulated their program-level student learning goals.
Since 2005-2006, Co-Curricular Learning Assessment Group (CLAG), which oversees the assessment of student learning in co-curricular programs, has been asking each co-curricular program director to submit an annual assessment summary. The Request for the Summary is sent out by CLAG each summer. These annual departmental assessment summaries contain four components: Student Learning Outcomes Assessed; Assessment Methods; Results; Utilization of Results. They were compiled using Reporting Templates developed by the Office of Institutional Analysis. These summaries provide evidence that the College co-curricular programs positively impact student learning and personal development, and departments use assessment information to improve program effectiveness. If you are interested in learning about assessment practices of various departments, please contact Jeff Foster (email@example.com or 717-337-6900) (College Life Division) and Suhua Dong (firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-337-6583) (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