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Assessment of Student Outcomes

Outcome B Civic Responsibility (undergraduate)

Civic Responsibility is working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.

Students will:
· Learn to apply knowledge and skills to benefit others or serve the public good.
· Reflect on how own attitudes and beliefs are different from those of other cultures and communities. Exhibits curiosity about what can be learned from diversity of communities and cultures.
· Begin to connect knowledge (facts, theories, etc.) from one's own academic study/field/discipline to civic engagement and to tone's own participation in civic life, politics, and government
· Provide evidence of experience in civic engagement activities and describes what they learned about their self as it relates to a growing sense of civic-identity and commitment
· Communicate in civic context, showing ability to do one of the following: express, listen and adapt ideas and messages based on others' perspectives.
· Participate in civically-focused actions and begins to reflect or describe how these actions may benefit individual(s) or communities.
· Demonstrate ability and commitment to work actively within community contexts and structures to achieve a civic aim.
Objective 1 Provide opportunities that help students apply knowledge and skills to benefit others or serve the public good; to exhibit curiosity about what can be learned from diversity of communities and cultures and to participate in civically-focused actions and begins to reflect or describe how these actions may benefit individual(s) or communities. To achieve the Civic Responsibility learning outcome, OMA collaborates with Grand Valley campus and community partners to provide opportunities through the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
We learned that a majority (71%) of students reported feeling very confident about their civic responsibility ability. That equates to a 3.67 of a 4.0 scale.

2017 Status
Achieved
We learned that a majority (68%) of students reported feeling very confident about their civic responsibility ability. That equates to a 3.63 of a 4.0 scale. In addition to the quantitative findings, some students reported "Program was great - great, uplifting speech needed especially in this time (election season)" and "It was really powerful and empowering."

2017 Status
Achieved
Majority of the attendees, 80%, reported Very Confident about their knowledge on civic responsibility. That equates to a 3.76 of a 4.0 scale.

Outcome E Intercultural Knowledge and Competence (undergraduate)

Intercultural Knowledge and Competence is "a set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.”

Students will:
• Develop knowledge and understanding of diverse perspectives, global awareness, or other cultures.
• Recognize new perspectives about own cultural rules and biases.
• Demonstrate understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices.
• Interpret intercultural experience from the perspectives of own and more than one worldview and demonstrates ability to act in a supportive manner that recognizes the feelings of another cultural group.
• Articulate understanding of cultural differences in verbal and nonverbal communication (e.g., demonstrates understanding of the degree to which people use physical contact and is able to negotiate a shared understanding based on those differences).
• Ask questions about other cultures and seeks out answers to these questions that reflect multiple cultural perspectives.
• Initiate and develop interactions with culturally different others. Begins to suspend judgment in valuing their interactions with culturally different others.
Objective 3 Provide opportunities that help students develop knowledge and understanding of diverse perspectives, global awareness, or other cultures. To achieve the Intercultural Knowledge and Competence learning outcome, OMA collaborates with Grand Valley campus and community partners to provide opportunities through the cultural heritage celebration programing.

Outcome F Ethical Reasoning (undergraduate)

Use a decision-making process based on defining systems of value.

The General Education objectives associated with this Outcome are listed below. You can use these objectives as is or modify them in the next step in GVAssess.

Students will:
• Recognize ethical issues when presented in a complex situation.
• Demonstrate understanding of key concepts and principles underlying various systems of reasoning.
• Accurately apply ethical theories and terms to situations.
• Demonstrate the ability to deal constructively with ambiguity and disagreement.
Objective 2 Provide opportunities that help students recognize ethical issues when presented in a complex situation; participate in conversations that engage them in ethical reasoning; and demonstrate the ability to deal constructively with ambiguity and disagreement. To achieve this, OMA hosts and facilitates the Conversations of Color to foster a safe space to allow for open and candid discussions about race, racism, social justice issues, popular culture, identity and current events.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
50% of attendees reported Very Confident and 40% of attendees reported Confident. That equates to a 3.40 of a 4.0 scale. In addition to the quantitative findings, some students reported "This was a very passion filled room, I'll probably be back" and "I thought it was interesting to hear different opinions that others had."

2018 Status
Achieved
75% of attendees reported Very Confident and 13% of attendees reported Confident. That equates to a 3.57 of a 4.0 scale. In addition to the quantitative findings, some students reported "Overall, I was highly impressed with the conversations of color. Coming to GVSU as a black student has been hard and frustrating, yet I can honestly say because of this conversation, I'm taking something away" and "The panel spoke hard truth with grace."

2018 Status
Achieved
30% of attendees reported Confident and 10% of attendees reported Somewhat Confident. That equates to a 3.50 of a 4.0 scale. In addition to the quantitative findings, some students reported "I've learned some new things and my sense of insecurity around cultural competency has decreased" and "Overall I was very impressed in this program. I enjoyed hearing about all the similarities these 3 people deal with here on campus."

2017 Status
Achieved
92% of attendees reported Very Confident and 8% of attendees reported Confident. That equates to a 3.92 of a 4.0 scale. In addition to the quantitative findings, some students reported "I am aware of the LGBT community and some of the struggles they go through, but this situation is new to me" and "I didn't know much about any of the topic so it was informative."

2017 Status
Achieved
85% of attendees reported Very Confident and 15% of attendees reported Confident. That equates to a 3.85 of a 4.0 scale. In addition to the quantitative findings, some students reported "It was very insightful to learn about an area that I have not given much thought to because it did not affect me" and "Very effective at gaining interest."

2017 Status
Achieved
81% of attendees reported Very Confident and 19% of attendees reported Confident. That equates to a 3.81 of a 4.0 scale. In addition to the quantitative findings, some students reported "This program is a conversation that should have been attended by every person with a G number" and "it was great and highly informative."

2017 Status
Achieved
60% of attendees reported Very Confident and 40% of attendees reported Confident. That equates to a 3.60 of a 4.0 scale. In addition to the quantitative findings, some students reported "Great program and context: the conversation questions are great" and "great way to share perspectives."

2017 Status
Achieved
77% of attendees reported Very Confident and 23% of attendees reported Confident. That equates to a 3.77 of a 4.0 scale. In addition to the quantitative findings, some students reported "I learned a lot about recent native history that I never heard of" and "It was eye opening to know this culture is so underrepresented."

2016 Status
Achieved
95% of attendees reported Very Confident and 5% of attendees reported Confident. That equates to a 3.95 of a 4.0 scale. In addition to the quantitative findings, some students reported "This was great and gave me a comfortable space to speak on this issue" and "keep promoting social justice."