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Pacific Hosting 2nd Annual Core Competencies Forum

Office of the ProvostSep 28, 2017

On Oct. 31, Pacific will host its 2nd Annual Core Competencies Forum from 12-2pm in the DUC Ballroom. This event is designed to bring students, staff, and faculty together to discuss how to improve student learning in the core competencies. 

The university changed from Institutional Learning Objectives to core competencies last year in response to the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) requirement that all universities demonstrate undergraduate student achievement of five core competencies: written communication, oral communication, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and information literacy.  This change and the assessment of our core competencies is in support of Pacific's larger reaccreditation effort that began in fall 2016.  

At the first annual Core Competencies Forum last February, faculty, staff and students provided feedback to the University Assessment Committee (UAC) about definitions of the core competencies and next steps Pacific should take in response to the assessment results. The UAC used this feedback (summary here) to shape Pacific's assessment plan and methodology. 

During spring and summer, the UAC administered, scored, and analyzed the results of three of the core competency assessments: oral communication, written communication, and critical thinking.

This year's forum will focus on

  • the results of the UAC reviews
  • development of a quantitative reasoning measure
  • strategies for raising undergraduate student awareness of the core competencies.  

Leading up to this year's forum, UAC members, including Justin Low, Sandy Mahoney, Eileen Camfield and Glen Rogers are conducting a "road show" of presentations at faculty and student life meetings to discuss their analysis of the core competency results for Pacific's undergraduate students. Faculty members are encouraged to review the results (Pacific login required), discuss them with their students, and invite students to the forum.

Last year's forum was standing room only, so be sure to RSVP early for this year's event. All interested faculty, staff, and students should RSVP to Sandy Evans by October 26. Learn more about the core competencies and the Forum here (Pacific login required).

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