UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Assurance of Learning (AoL)

Student learning is the central activity of the College of Business and Economics. To gain feedback on how effectively we accomplish this activity, CBE has a systematic process for assessing student learning. The process is grounded in a philosophy that:

  • Assessment is mission driven and supports mission revision.
  • Assessment must be owned by the faculty, individually and collectively.
  • Assessment is developmental, both for individual faculty, programs and the college. It is designed to support continuous improvement activities.
  • Assessment is an ongoing process that needs periodic review and revision.
  • Assessment is responsive to and inclusive of multiple stakeholders.
  • Learning outcome assessment focuses on learning goals and measures demonstrated achievement of those goals.
  • Assurance of Learning needs to be integrated with the college’s strategic planning, faculty development and curriculum initiatives.
  • Assessment results must be analyzed, disseminated and used by the faculty and CBE. Collecting data is only the first step – the feedback must be used to "close the loop."

College-Wide Learning Goals

The College's AoL process is grounded in undergraduate and graduate program-level learning outcomes. Each program has a faculty-developed Assurance of Learning Plan that documents its learning outcomes and AoL process. Complete AoL plans may be viewed under each program below.

Accounting and Business Administration
  1. Students will be aware of the impact of globalization. Graduates will be able to:
    1. Identify relevant global factors
    2. Analyze the impact of relevant global factors
    3. Apply analysis to relevant situation
  2. Students will engage in complex decision making. Graduates will be able to:
    1. Identify problems and/or opportunities
    2. Conduct a situational analysis
    3. Generate alternatives to address problems or opportunities
    4. Choose and develop solutions to problems or opportunities
  3. Students will communicate effectively, both orally and in written form. Graduates will be able to:
    1. Demonstrate proper mechanics in written form
    2. Use vocabulary appropriate for target audience
    3. Be effective in oral communication and presentation
  4. Students will demonstrate an awareness of social responsibility issues. Graduates will be able to:
    1. Identify and evaluate ethical dilemmas
    2. Demonstrate awareness of sustainability issues
    3. Recognize the diversity of people, thought, and culture
  5. Students will demonstrate basic information technology skills. Graduates will be able to:
    1. Produce a document that conforms to specified formatting
    2. Analyze data using a spreadsheet and apply mathematical functions
    3. Visually present ideas using technology
    4. Demonstrate information literacy
  6. Graduates will be able to demonstrate general business knowledge.
Computer Science
  1. Graduates will be able to utilize Object Oriented Programming techniques to analyze, design and develop software applications
  2. Graduates will be able to understand Computer Organization and Assembly Language concepts
  3. Graduates will be able to understand Operating Systems concepts
  4. Graduates will be able to setup, configure and maintain a computer network
  5. Graduates will be able to design, implement and interact with a structured relational database using GUI and SQL
  6. Graduates will be able to recognize security issues and be aware of ways to address malware and intrusions
Economics

  1. Graduates will be able to understand basic economic principles
  2. Graduates will be able to use economic theory to critically examine problems in the U.S. and global economy
  3. Graduates will be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge gained in the area of statistics
  4. Graduates will be able to conduct economic research and present results
 
Information Systems
  1. Graduates will be able to understand how information systems support business operations
  2. Graduates will be able to design information systems that meet business requirements
  3. Graduates will be able to demonstrate skills in programming using the object-oriented approach to create software applications
  4. Graduates will be able to design, implement and interact with a structured relational database using Graphical User Interface (GUI) and Structured Query Language (SQL)
  5. Graduates will be able to setup, configure and maintain a computer network
  6. Graduates will be able to demonstrate skills in modeling business requirements through systems analysis
  7. Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of project management techniques and tools
  8. Graduates will be able to demonstrate skills in mapping and improving business processes  
MBA (Masters of Business Administration)

  1. MBA graduates will be able to apply an integrative, evidence-based approach to decision making
  2. MBA graduates will be able to evaluate a global business environment to support strategic decision making
  3. MBA graduates will be able to apply ethical reasoning to decision making
  4. MBA graduates will be able to effectively communicate in a business context 

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College of Business and Economics
cbe@uwrf.edu
715-425-3335
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124 South Hall
410 S. Third Street
River Falls, WI 54022-5001
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