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 is a tool that provides linkage from individual course objectives to program outcomes to global CBE goals and objectives.
  • 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 Expectations

The college has adopted global learning outcomes, skills and perspectives. All programs contribute to achieving these. The focus and level of contribution varies by discipline. 

Learning Outcome 1:
Business Administration and Accounting graduates from the College of Business and Economics are able to: demonstrate and apply knowledge gained in the accounting, computer science, economics, finance, management, marketing, statistics, and strategy disciplines.

Learning Outcome 2:
Business Administration and Accounting graduates from the College of Business and Economics are able to: demonstrate awareness of the impact of globalization and the effects of technology and technological innovation, including the ability to use software and demonstrate the ability to work in teams, communicate professionally in written form, and engage in professional decision making processes.

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. Program level AoL may be viewed under each program.