Assessment: Continuous Improvement of Student Learning

Undergraduate Goals and Rubrics

This page includes information for each Undergraduate Student Learning Goal (USLG). For each USLG, there is a description as well as links to approved Michigan Tech USLG rubric(s) and information about the goal committee that is working on that goal.

Learning Goal Rubric Committee/Resources
1. Disciplinary Knowledge
Students demonstrate a depth of knowledge in one area/ discipline, as well as a breadth of knowledge that (1) enables adaptability and flexibility as knowledge grows and changes, and (2) recognizes linkages/complementarity to other areas/disciplines.
2. Knowledge of the Physical and Natural World
Students demonstrate knowledge of the physical and natural world. This is accomplished by studying science and mathematics.
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3. Global Literacy
A globally literate student will demonstrate the ability to understand and analyze issues on multiple scales and from diverse perspectives, acknowledging interconnectivity and complexity.  As globally literate, students should 1) become informed and open-minded people who are attentive to diversity across the spectrum of differences, 2) seek to understand how their actions affect the human and natural world on multiple scales, and 3) address the world’s most pressing and enduring issues while considering context, complexity, and interconnectivity.
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4. Critical and Creative Thinking
Students will be able to think critically and creatively, as demonstrated by their broad, adaptable and versatile use of reasoning, logic, and evidence, to access and evaluate information and solve complex problems both independently and in groups.
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5. Communication
Students will be able to communicate effectively, orally, in writing and in new media, to a wide variety of audiences.
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Oral Communication Rubric PDF  
6. Information Literacy
Students will be able to analyze the need for, strategically access, critically evaluate, and use information effectively, ethically, and legally.
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7. Technology
Students will demonstrate knowledge of technology and its implications in society, and be able to design and/or use technology for creative activities or innovative solutions to problems.
8. Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning
Students will be able to identify and address conflicting ethical values and develop a sense of responsibility for the broad impacts of individual actions and social institutions. They will understand their role as citizens and their responsibility to work with others in promoting quality of life and a sustainable society.
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About the USLGs

These goals are achieved by student engagement in learning opportunities across the university -- in the general education program, the degree programs, and student affairs programs. They were designed to align with the university’s strategic plan, professional accreditation outcomes (ABET, AACSB, SAF), and the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes. Michigan Tech is a member of the AAC&U LEAP campus action network.

To measure students' success in achieving these goals, we emphasize direct, embedded assessment of student work in Michigan Tech courses. We also use discipline-specific examinations and surveys such as the National Survey on Student Engagement (NSSE). Assessment results enable us to identify opportunities to improve courses and curricula, teaching practices, and student life activities, as well as make informed decisions about degree programs.

About the Rubrics

Goals are assessed using Michigan Tech rubrics that are adapted from AAC&U's VALUE rubrics. It is important that these rubrics are used for assessment of the goals in all programs to develop a consistent measure of student progress from matriculation to degree completion. The rubric identifies student learning at four levels: 1-beginning, 2-developing, 3-proficient and 4-exemplary. For more information about assessing student learning using the VALUE rubrics, see these FAQs.

Broader Objectives

These eight learning goals are integrated, interrelated, and interdependent. They are consistent with the broader impacts of the National Science Foundation to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. These goals are also consistent with the broader aims of lifelong learning, which LEAP defines as having acquired the skills and dispositions of curiosity, transfer, independence, initiative, and reflection.

Achieving these student-learning goals will enable Michigan Tech to meet the University’s strategic goal 2.2: Cultivate intellectual diversity and a worldview adapted to the needs and challenges of the 21st century:

  • Strengthen innovative student-centered activities, programs, and services
  • Promote civic responsibility and connections to public policy issues through service-related learning and student engagement in campus and professional activities
  • Enhance students’ communication skills and understanding of and participation in creative processes
  • Develop students’ global skills through study of other languages and cultures
  • Develop graduates with strong leadership and team-building capabilities, critical thinking skills, and ethical awareness