Assessment of Student Learning
Data is collected and analyzed to establish how well the University is meeting its student learning outcomes in three areas: Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs), the WSCUC five core competencies, and Seaver College General Education. The data is analyzed by faculty, students and administrators through different university and college wide committees. Reports are developed to provide support for data driven decision making. The reports are available on this website for community viewing.
Institutional Learning Outcomes
- 2016 Core Competency Oral Communication Report
- 2016 Core Competency Oral Communication Report - Seaver
- 2015 Core Competency Written Communication Report
LiveText is a browser-based web application that enables institutions to systematically collect data for assessing student learning. Through its digital workspace, LiveText has the capability to measure assignments, journals, evaluations, and academic artifact collections, all of which are grounded in student learning outcomes and the institutional mission. The system stores and organizes data for reporting using analytics.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I obtain a LiveText account?
- If you are interested in using LiveText, please contact Atlas Yu to request an account.
I have an account, but I need some help starting.
- Assessment Tutorial: How to assess a student assignment
- How to complete a AIS Report in LiveText
- How to review an AIS Report in LiveText
- How to complete an assignemnt in LiveText - ILO Project
- LiveText Purposeful Assessment Planning
- LiveText Help Center
- LiveText Webinar Training (ongoing): Schedule & Descriptions and Registration
Is there a support team at Pepperdine that can help me?
- Technical Support: Atlas Yu
- Assessment Consultant: Lisa Bortman
- Seaver College: Atlas Yu and Kelly Okerson
- Graziadio School of Business and Management: James Berneking
- School of Law: Katie Dodds and Michael Vogt
- Graduate School of Education And Psychology: Amy Tuttle-Guerrero
- School of Public Policy: Michael Shires
- Student Life: Brad Dudley
This page contains resources that should be helpful at any stage of assessment. National Organizations contains information about assessment as well as workshops and conferences. Assessment Glossary defines common terms used in assessment literature. Assessment Tools redirects to the University's assessment management software, LiveText. University Websites contains a list of links to assessment websites at other Universities. The Assessment Guides provides informational guidebooks that can assist with the development of student learning outcomes, rubrics ,and multimodal assessment methodologies.
Application for Mini-Grants
For a copy of the application, please download here.
Deadline for submission of applications
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness is pleased to make available financial resources to assist faculty with activities associated with student learning outcomes assessment. The goal of the mini-grant is to provide funding opportunities to faculty and staff to assist with assessment data collection and analysis using the AMS, LiveText. New development of sound assessment practices at the program, general education or core competency level encourages professional development associated with outcome assessment and strengthens the infrastructure for the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Mini-Grant: Awards up to $5,000. The purpose of a mini-grant is to provide start-up funds for a new initia-tive directly related to the program's outcomes assessment plan. Innovation in learning outcomes assessment is an important aspect of building a culture that uses evidence to shape decision making and curriculum development. Recipients may be asked to present their findings at Pepperdine and at the WASC Academic Resource Conference in spring of the following academic year the grant was awarded. Award recipients are encouraged to pursue publication in one of the many teaching and learning journals. In addition, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness should be considered as a resource during the course of the project. Please note: Grant amounts depend on the number of PLOs or outcomes being assessed and the quality of the assessment methodology proposed. The time frame can be 1 to 2 years. Applications can come from individuals or teams. Using Livetext software for assessment of learning outcomes is a key aspect of this grant.
The application must be typed, dated and sent to the ASLC via email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by the due date. Initiatives with funds from other sources are ineligible for the mini-grant. Faculty who hold senior administrative roles (e.g., associate dean or higher) are also ineligible for funds.
Faculty who are involved with the development and implementation of program-outcomes assessment activities are welcome to apply for support from the ASLC.