Assessment Activities & Resources

Assessment Academy

Lewis University has been accepted into the Higher Learning Commission Assessment Academy, which will propel the Lewis Plan from an implementation stage to a continuous improvement stage. Lewis is currently developing a plan to assess common learning outcomes to track longitudinal progress.

Rubrics for Common Learning Outcomes
Collegiate Learning Assessment

Since 2011, Lewis has used the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and the updated CLA+ to provide direct evidence of student learning in the broad skills of critical thinking, communication, and problem solving. As a summative assessment tool, CLA scores deliver value-added information about student learning and has helped the University assess Baccalaureate Characteristic #6 (Critical Thinking) in a comparative manner. 

Writing Across the Curriculum

The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Task Force completed a three-phase analysis. Phase I included an orientation to WAC and a review of the Lewis writing curriculum and writing support services; Phase II included data collection and review; best practices research; community feedback and discussion. Phase III included discussion, recommendations, and planning for the future. The WAC Task Force has communicated with UAAC and the General Education Committee throughout their work.

Co-curricular experiences

In alignment with our Lasallian Mission and Catholic heritage, members of University Ministry develop and provide co-curricular experiences in faith enrichment. For example, the Koinonia retreat is assessed each semester through an attendee survey. Ministry staff and student leaders discuss results and design improvement plans.

Arts & Ideas

The Arts and Ideas Program strives to provide numerous opportunities for Lewis students to discover and refine their tastes, to deepen their convictions and values, and to develop life-long habits of cultural and civic participation. More than 100 events are available each semester to encourage interaction with the community, and to showcase student talent. Student are surveyed after each event for feedback.