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1 National University Graduation Rates, Retention Rates, and Assessment of Student Learning 2014 Graduation Rate - Bachelors 72% 72% 76% 71% Time to Completion (72 months) Graduation Rate - Masters 57% 61% 58% Time to Completion (36 months)

2 90% 85% Retention Rate - Bachelors 68% % 85% Retention Rate - Masters 81% 82% 79% 79%

3 National University Assessment System Embedded in National University s program development process is the alignment of institutional learning outcomes, program learning outcomes and course learning outcomes. Program Learning Outcomes Assessment is based on a multi-year planning cycle that culminates in a Five Year Program Review. Select Program Learning Outcomes are assessed with direct and indirect measures on an annual basis, and the Program Annual Report (PAR) provides recommendations for ongoing program improvement and resource allocation. All PARs are reviewed at the school level by the School Assessment Committee to ensure that all measures are valid and reliable. The members of the School Assessment committee act as mentors for the faculty program leads. PARs are reviewed by the department chair, dean, and graduate council or undergraduate council. Final recommendations to improve student learning and improve program quality are also considered during the normal budgeting cycle. As part of the PAR, data on achievement of student learning outcomes is provided and disaggregated by online classes and on campus classes at the program and institutional levels. Faculty review and reflect on any gaps and provide plans for improvement in their action plans. Disaggregated data for online and onsite achievement of student learning outcomes is also reviewed as part of the Five Year Program Review. Five Year Program Reviews are based on an inquiry process in which program faculty create an overarching question that will result in a study of a current issue to inform program change. In addition, faculty review trend data that is provided by the Office of Educational Effectiveness &Accreditation. External reviewers are required for the Five Year Review process to review resources, curriculum and assessment plans. A final set of recommendations is developed by the program faculty, taking into account comments from the external review and the appropriate councils. These recommendations are presented to the Provost, and together with the faculty, dean and council representative, a Memorandum of Agreement that includes approved recommendations and budget allocations is developed. Final MOAs are reflected on in the annual program assessment reports. The use of a multiple-assessment approach is a best practice, and it is encouraged and widely exercised at National University. Both qualitative and quantitative data are critical components of PAR. Commonly used data, evidence, and information include, but are not limited to, analysis of exam results, student portfolios, signature assignments, program exit reviews, and surveys conducted of students, alumni, and employers. As the program grows and students complete their degrees, it is important to ascertain the impact their education has had on their career. This is achieved in two ways. First, alumni survey are sent out, allowing former graduates a chance to reflect and provide feedback as to how the curriculum and overall program design impacted their performance in the industry. In addition, employers are surveyed to assess whether graduates have gained the necessary and relevant skills to be successful in the specific field. Data from both surveys is summarized and used for program improvement.

4 National University s Assessment Cycle Exists in relationship with the Mission, Core Values, Strategic Planning, Five Year Program Review, and the Assessment Summit. Evolves as a systematic yearly planning and review process consistently used by all schools and departments. Contributes to a comprehensive, university-wide approach to assessment. Multiple methods of data collection and analysis of student learning are used to assess progress towards achievement of learning outcomes and to make informed decisions regarding change. Provides for regular and ongoing opportunities for faculty engagement and reflection based on learning results. Assessment Methods The assessment plan includes direct and indirect measures for evaluating the achievement of program learning outcomes of historical, theoretical and research-based knowledge. Benchmarking is included in the plan. Direct measure pre- and post-assessments: Individual items imbedded in course assignments assess specific program learning outcomes throughout the program. The Program Lead and the individual faculty member teaching the course will develop the items. The pre- and post-assessment items measure how learning in a course addresses the program learning outcomes by comparing program learning outcome-related knowledge at the beginning of the course to knowledge after completion of the course. Program Learning Outcomes are assessed at key points in the curriculum to determine level of learning (Initial, Developed, Mastered). Direct measure assignment rubrics: Student scores on signature items in assignment rubrics in individual courses measure specific program learning outcomes and will provide direct evidence of learning. Scores will be returned to students with any necessary suggestions for improvement. Indirect measure student program exit survey questions: Upon completion of the program the students will participate in an exit survey which affords an opportunity to evaluate the extent to which students have acquired the skills and knowledge outlined in the program learning objectives. Results Presentation The Program Annual Reviews consist of results and comments viewable by all program faculty, chairs, deans, as well as Undergraduate Council. These groups review and comment on assessment and improvement. The University implemented Taskstream s AMS system as a collaborative work environment and a repository for recommendations from preceding years are reviewed annually. Presentations on assessment improvements are made at the Annual Assessment Summit. Implementation of Results to Improve Program

5 Based on assessment findings and faculty feedback from the assessment retreat, the Program Lead Faculty will develop and implement changes. Benchmarking will be included in the assessment plan. Program Participation in the Program Annual Review National University programs are required to assess a minimum of 20 percent of Program Learning Outcomes annually. Programs participating in a Five Year Review are not required to complete a Program Annual Review for the same academic year. In addition, programs with enrollment less than ten students are not required to participate in the Program Annual Review due to low data.

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