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Closing the Loop

In Spring 2013, the Core Curriculum Committee asked each subcommittee to draft narratives related to how they successfully "Closed the Loop" with regard to their assessment strategies. "Closing the Loop" is a term used to convey how academic units have used assessment results for improvement purposes. These resulting narratives were collected in Summer 2013, and are hyperlinked below. For further information about these narratives, please contact Dr. Gary Elbow, Associate Vice Provost, at 806-742-2184 or via email at gary.elbow@ttu.edu.

College Senior Survey (CSS)

The College Senior Survey (CSS) connects academic, civic, and diversity outcomes with a comprehensive set of college experiences to measure the impact of college. Although the CSS can be used as a stand-alone instrument, when used in conjunction with the CIRP Freshman Survey (TFS), the Diverse Learning Environments Survey (DLE), or the Your First College Year Survey (YFCY), the CSS generates valuable longitudinal data on students' cognitive and effective growth during college. For more information go to the CSS Website.

Core Curriculum Essay (CCE)

During the spring of 2004, Texas Tech University conducted an initial Core Curriculum assessment to establish baseline student performance. Based on the THECB Objective Statements published in TTU's Catalog, essay questions were developed for Mathematics, Humanities, Communications, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Technology, and Visual and Performing Arts.

Distance Learning Survey

The Distance Learning Survey was designed:

  1. to be useful to faculty and administrators as they plan future course
  2. to ensure that these future learning opportunities meet the needs of Texas Tech distance students

The Distance Learning Survey includes sections on student demographics, educational history, program satisfaction, perceptions of online communication and collaboration, and self-regulation.

Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+)

The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) offers an authentic approach to the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education through a continuous improvement model, and recognizes faculty as central actors in educational improvement efforts. The CLA+ assists faculty, department chairs, school administrators and others interested in programmatic change to improve teaching and learning, particularly with respect to strengthening higher order skills. For more information go to the CLA+ Website

  • The CLA+ includes Performance and Analytic Writing Tasks meant to measure analytic reasoning and evaluation, writing effectiveness, writing mechanics, and problem solving.
  • "Performance Tasks ask students to complete a 'real life' activity, such as preparing a memo or policy recommendation."
  • "The Analytic Writing Task contains two types of essay prompts: a Make-an Argument section in which students are asked to a take a position and craft a persuasive argument and a Critique-an-Argument section which requires students to identify and descrive logical flaws in a given argument."


Collegiate Assessment and Academic Proficiency (CAAP)

The CAAP is "the standardized, nationally normed assessment program from ACT that enables postsecondary institutions to assess, evaluate, and enhance student learning outcomes and general education program outcomes" (ACT). In recent years, TTU has administered the CAAP Test Modules for Science, Mathematics, and Writing Skills to help assess student learning in these core areas. The TTU CAAP results can be compared to the results from national samples to evaluate how TTU students compare to other University students nationally.

The Office of Planning and Assessment is grateful for the faculty and students that have helped to support and participate in the CAAP.

2017 Report

Previous Reports

Online Senior Assessment (OSA)

The Online Senior Assessment (OSA) is designed to assess core-curriculum knowledge and competencies.

The instrument includes a section for each of the following core areas: Humanities; Multicultural; Mathematics; Natural Sciences; Technology and Applied Science; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. As of 2010, the Visual and Performing Arts section is assessed separately through the Visual and Performing Arts Assessment (VPAA).

2017 OSA Results

2016 OSA Results

2013 OSA Results

2010 OSA Results

2009 OSA Results

2008 OSA Results

Office of Planning and Assessment