Academic Effectiveness at WOU

To achieve academic effectiveness at WOU, we:
  • Align: Together, we coordinate our curriculum so that courses contributed to stated outcomes
  • Assess: Together, we study the effectiveness of our curriculum in meeting our stated outcomes by examining student work. 
  • Evolve: Together, we support course, curriculum and pedagogy practices that work and adjust when assessment findings point to needed improvements
  • Excel: Together, we succeed with lasting opportunities for student success through transformative education and personalized support.

For the most recent updates from Academic Effectiveness, visit the Updates and News page.

The 2020-21 focal General Education Learning Outcome is Intellectual Foundations

The General Education Professional Learning Community will be emphasizing review of General Education Learning Outcome Intellectual Foundations and Breadth of Exposure by collecting evidence on all First Year Seminars and on General Education courses that align to this learning outcome.

The 2020-21 focal Graduate Learning Outcome is Applied Skills

The Graduate Studies Professional Learning Community will be emphasizing review of the Applied Skills Graduate Learning Outcome. Graduate programs that have learning outcomes aligned to the Content Knowledge graduate learning outcome may also with to consider examining those outcomes in depth during the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Program Review: Academic Program Review occurs once every seven years and drives continuous improvement through (1) critical evaluation of current activities (e.g., self-study), (2) identification of specific strengths and areas for improvement, and (3) program-level strategic planning that aligns programs and resource allocation with the university mission and strategic plan. While drawing on assessment results to inform review, Program Review is more global than assessment of learning.

WOU engages in the work of Academic Effectiveness at several levels.

  • Assessment of program learning outcomes: Academic programs have identified learning outcomes for students. Each year student program faculty assess student attainment of at least one outcome. Programs use this information to improve student learning, as needed.
  • Assessment of general education learning outcomes: WOU’s undergraduate general education program has identified learning outcomes for students. Each year WOU assesses student attainment of one or more outcomes. Primarily through the General Education Committee, WOU uses this information to improve student learning, as needed.
  • Assessment of degree (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s) outcomes: WOU undergraduate degrees as a whole are defined by five broad learning outcomes (ULO’s): Diversity, Inquiry & Analysis, Integrative Learning, Quantitative Literacy and Written Communication. Each year, WOU focuses on one or two of these outcomes for university-wide assessment of our student’s attainment of our goals for them.
Learn more about the important connection between assessment and accreditation.



Michael Baltzley, Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Effectiveness

503-838-8832 | or e-mail: baltzlem@wou.eduLocation: Old Education Building, 202K