KU Core Review Process Details

Complete/Revise the course or experience assessment plan.

This plan is submitted at the time the course is nominated for inclusion into the KU Core. Any course that does not currently have an assessment plan will need to create one. Faculty should update the assessment plan as needed.

Faculty collect assessment data. Faculty should collect data each time the course is taught or experience is offered. All sections taught in a given semester may be considered to be a single offering, provided that they use similar strategies for assessing the KU Core learning outcome(s).

Departments should determine the best sampling strategies for their disciplines; however, general guidelines are provided to assist in determining a sampling strategy:

  • <20 students = sample all students
  • 21-99 students = randomly sample 20 students
  • >100 students = randomly sample 20% of students

Departments complete the KU Core Review by submitting an assessment report and recertification checklist for each KU Core course being reviewed in the current cycle through Assessment System Online (ASO).

Early in the Spring semester, Undergraduate Studies will send out forms and instructions to all departments with courses that will be reviewed in the subsequent academic year. Review reports will be due Sept. 1, with the possibility for extensions for departments that have multiple courses to review.

Separate KU Core Review documentation is required for each course/experience and learning outcome it meets (e.g. English 102 has multiple sections and meets one learning outcome – only one report is required; English 209 has multiple sections and meets three learning outcomes – three reports, one for each learning outcome, is required).

  • Key Review Questions for Recertification:
    • Does the course require students to do work that allows them to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcome (as listed on KU Core site)?
    • Has an assessment of the achievement of the learning outcome been performed?

Each learning outcome has a sample rubric that could be used to evaluate the evidence from each course related to the learning outcomes or instructors could use their own method of data collection related to the learning outcomes. Please visit the individual goal pages at kucore.ku.edu for sample rubrics (example: Goal 1, Learning Outcome 1)Departments could aggregate the rubric data or other assessment data and use results to support continuous improvement of courses. Departments then complete the assessment form to provide UCCC with an aggregate of the assessment data as well as information about how students met the learning outcome(s) and improvements made to courses or plans for improvements.

  • Key Elements for Assessment of KU Core Learning Outcomes:
    • Evidence
    • Evaluation description
    • Quantitative and qualitative summary
    • Improvement loop

The UCCC reviews the course’s/experience’s KU Core Review documents.

The UCCC will review courses and experiences on a 6-year cycle:

  1. Year 1: Goal 1
  2. Year 2: Goal 2 + 3H
  3. Year 3: Goal 4.1+3N
  4. Year 4: Goal 4.2
  5. Year 5: Goal 5+ 3S
  6. Year 6: Goal 6

The department receives recertification notification from the UCCC.

The notification is a yes or no response to the KU Core Review.

Faculty use their assessment results to make curricular improvements, as needed.


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