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Assessing and Improving your Undergraduate Education in SPS


As students in the School of Professional Studies, you are looking for an educational experience that teaches you the theory of the subject, as well as the practical application that you can start to use on the job right away. Each course is taught with a carefully selected textbook that will challenge you, and by a faculty member with theoretical and real world experience in that field.  Analytical and quantitative skills should be developed, along with your knowledge of scholarship, information literacy, cultural awareness, and oral and written communication.


To help ensure that you are learning and able to demonstrate mastery of these skills, the School of Professional Studies established the use of the following rubrics for at least one assignment in each of the following courses for UG students. It is important that we are able to assess our student outcomes through a standardized rubric or format at the entry, midway, and exit levels. As an academic institution, it is important that we provide high quality educational programs to our students. Assessment efforts like these demonstrate that quality.


This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of the courses that can use these rubrics. It is meant to provide a representative sample of general education and junior/senior level courses that we use to demonstrate learning outcomes for the student body as a whole. This project measures attained and demonstrated learning and does not have to correlate to specific grades. In fact, your professors give us copies of the assessment, but do not give us your names or grades on the assignment.


Not only is this assessment for us and our administrative purposes, it is an aid to students and teachers to provide concrete and constructive feedback about their work. We will utilize the results to further improve the teaching and learning experience here at Trinity. At this point, we are adopting American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) rubrics because they represent a national standard that has been tested at a wide variety of universities. It gives us a benchmarked tool, and that is important as well.


These rubrics are utilized in the following courses:


Critical Thinking

  • INT 109, INT 117, ENGL 106, ENGL 107, ENVS 101, BIOL 101, POLS 103, POLS 102, PHIL 101, PHIL 103, PSYC 100, PSYC 101, SOCY 100, SOCY 101, RST 289, RST 290

Ethical Reasoning

  • PHIL 251, PHIL 252, PHIL 245, PHIL 253, PHIL 345, RST 289, RST 290, RST 245,

Information Literacy

  • INT 109, INT 290, HPNU 110, SOCY/HUMR 311, ENVS 101, ENVS 102, BIOL 101, ECON 101, ECON 102, HUMR/SOCY/BADM/CRJ 499, GST 400, COM 488

Intercultural Knowledge

  • COM 101, COM 224, COM 225, SPAN 103, COM 290, HIS 132, HIS 155, HIS 255, , HIS 250, HIS 339, FNAR 249, FNAR 248, RST 290

Oral Communication

  • COM 101, COM 290, HUMR/SOCY/BADM/CRJ 499, COM 488, GST 400, INT 290

Problem Solving

  • MATH 108, MATH 109, MATH 110, MATH 111, BADM 213, ECON 101, ECON 102, HUMR/SOCY 311, ENVS 101, ENVS 102, BIOL 101,  HUMR/SOCY/CRJ/BADM 499, GST 400, INT 290, COM 488

Quantitative Literacy

  • MATH 108, MATH 109, MATH 110, MATH 111, ECON 101, ECON 102, BADM 213, HUMR/SOCY 311, HUMR/SOCY/CRJ/BADM 499, GST 400, INT 290, COM 488


I am sure that you understand the need for assessment and continuous improvement. As students, you do not rest on your laurels. We don’t either. We are constantly looking for ways to improve the education that you receive. You can see hard copies of these rubrics on the bulletin board outside of the School of Professional Studies main office in Main 250.


Dean Brooks


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