Student Learning

HPU has leveraged technology to assess both its Institutional and Program Learning Outcomes. We are committed to communicating these assessment results in a way that is efficient, user-friendly, and truly meaningful for all our stakeholders (faculty, staff, prospective students, parents, employers, board members, donors, accreditors, and the general public).

To this end, HPU has acquired and launched student learning outcomes assessment software to assess student achievement of the WSCUC core competencies: critical thinking, information literacy, oral communication, quantitative reasoning, and written communication.

In Fall 2016, HPU launched its first, campus-wide initiative designed to assess written communication in general education and capstone courses. During the academic year 2016 – 2017, faculty collected over 350 artifacts of authentic student work.

  • In Fall 2017, each college will convene an assessment committee to sample and score these artifacts. These college-level committees will norm their evaluations to a common rubric adapted from the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) Written Communication Rubric. Each college will then close the loop on these assessment results by engaging in a thoughtful discussion of the aggregated findings and by examining the implications for continuous, quality improvements to the curriculum.

  • In Fall 2017, HPU will continue this work by launching an oral communication assessment initiative as the second in a series of annual assessment projects.

 Additionally, each degree program conducts annual assessments of their program learning outcomes. Using accountability management software, they have created digital archives of their mission, program learning outcomes, and curriculum maps, along with annual assessment plans that assess student learning of program learning outcomes. Each program carefully analyzes these assessment results, reflects on the findings, and develops action plans for curricular improvement. These efforts are punctuated by a five year self study internal and external review process.