APAA - Assessment

How to do the Baccalaureate Course Review - Step-by-Step

General Course-Level Information

In addition to having the appropriate Baccalaureate Core Student Learning Outcomes (BC-SLOs) on the course syllabus, the committee needs to know whether there are existing assessments that align with the BC-SLOs and if not, what is planned. Each BC-SLO needs to have at least one direct assessment clearly aligned to it. You will be asked to describe those assessments and summarize findings related to the question "How are students in this course doing with respect to achieving each relevant Baccalaureate Core Category Learning Outcome?"

The BCC is NOT asking for an upload of data but is seeking quality, detailed information about student learning relative to the BC-SLOs. There are two primary reasons for this: (1) to determine the level of alignment of BC-SLOs in a course; and (2) to identify potential trends in student strengths and weaknesses relative to the BC-SLos across the Bacc Core. The expectation is that Units will archive their own data and maintain their own supporting processes suited to local culture.

We invite honesty in the evaluation of where a course stands. This lets the BCC know the status of each course, and, more importantly, it provides a roadmap of next steps in refining that course or even making changes to the larger Bacc Core program (beyond individual courses).


COURSES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN OFFERED: If a course undergoing Bacc Core Category Review has not been offered, the course still needs to submit a form and indicate whether it should continue to be part of this category. If the response is “no” then the remainder of the form can be skipped. If the response is “yes” then you should complete the remainder of the form. Courses that have not been offered (or have deficient webforms) will be expected to follow-up in one year.

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  • Unit leadership will identify who will be responsible for completing the review form for a course. That person will receive a notice from APAA and an email with a link to the review form. One form is completed per course.

Step 1: Evaluate the course(s)

Step 1.a. Download the Baccalaureate Core Category Course Review Form Template

  • This is a Word document that looks like the Baccalaureate Core Category Review Course review form used to enter course-specific information. Answers to the open-ended questions can be written in the Word document and then copied and pasted into the actual webform.

Step 1.b. Multiple Section Courses 

Step 2: Complete and Submit the Baccalaureate Core Category Review Course Review Form

  • Once you are confident in the information that will populate the webform, complete the online form. For courses with multiple sections and instructors, only ONE webform needs to be completed.

Step 3: After the Review – Ongoing Tracking

  • If a course receives specific recommendations: A one-year follow-up report will be submitted describing the changes that have been made to the course relative to the Baccalaureate Core  Committee recommendations OR a more detailed mid-year report will be requested. This will be the decision of the Baccalaureate Core Committee on a course-by-course basis.
  • If a course was approved without additional recommendations: Although each Baccalaureate Core category is reviewed once every seven years, courses still need to track changes over time and between sections, as well as relevant data. This information will need to be reported to the unit in some fashion and in a mid-cycle report in year 3. There is a Baccalaureate Core Course Tracking Spreadsheet available under Support Tools and Workshops.



What happens after the submission?

Information for all of the courses in a category will be assembled by the Office of Academic Programs, Assessment and Accreditation and forwarded to the Baccalaureate Core Committee for their review. It is the Baccalaureate Core Committee that makes all of the decisions related to whether individual courses should remain in the core and makes recommendations about any changes that need to be made to a course to remain in the Baccalaureate Core.

Academic units will be notified by the Baccalaureate Core Committee of any decisions/recommendations made by the Baccalaureate Core Committee. Appropriate departments/colleges will also be notified of decisions made by the Baccalaureate Core Committee.

What happens to the data/information gathered in the category review?

Course level information is:
  • Uploaded in the webform which is then assembled by the Office of Academic Programs, Assessment, and Accreditation for delivery to the Baccalaureate Core Committee for their consideration and recommendation. Copies of the completed forms and the report are distributed to relevant department chairs/colleges. Recommendations go to the colleges, departments, Office of Academic Programs, Assessment, and Accreditation, Faculty Senate, and Provost’s Offices.

Bacc Core Assessment Roadmap

Feedback and course level information is:

  • Used by the course instructor(s) to refine and improve their course;
  • Used by departments/colleges to monitor Baccalaureate Core courses for which they are responsible. This is to assist with course improvement and identify resource needs;
  • Reviewed by the Baccalaureate Core Committee to determine whether the course should remain in the Baccalaureate Core, identify common trends/concerns/strengths/weaknesses at the individual course level , across multiple courses, and within and across categories.
  • Used to make program-level decisions about the Baccalaureate Core.


This is NOT intended to be a punitive process or an evaluation of teaching, but one of excellence and improvement of student learning through feedback and support.

The purpose of assessment and category review is to promote intentionality and consistency in the general education curriculum, together with institutional awareness of the student experience in the Baccalaureate Core.

Instructors, departments or colleges have the opportunity to improve their courses and contributions to the Baccalaureate Core. For the process to have true value, reflections and reports need to be detailed and honest. We simply ask that you describe what works, what needs to be improved (if applicable), how it will be improved and then follow-up on any changes implemented to better achieve the goals of the Baccalaureate Core.

The goals of Baccalaureate Core course reviews are to:

  • Strengthen courses that want and should belong in the Baccalaureate Core so OSU students get an excellent education;
  • Redirect courses that are no longer taught or are no longer best suited for the Baccalaureate Core. Having a course in the Baccalaureate Core curriculum is a choice and is not required. These courses contribute substantively to a student’s education, and are therefore very important!
  • Obtain data that can inform us about student attainment of the BC-SLOs and, if applicable, what changes may need to occur to strengthen specific areas of the Baccalaureate Core (program level assessment).