BYU-Idaho’s second core theme is “Providing a high-quality education that prepares students of diverse interests and abilities for lifelong learning and employment.”

Objective 1 – Student Learning

Assist students in meeting learning outcomes. Key indicators for Objective 1:
     • Attainment of student learning outcomes.
     • Critical thinking and writing.

Objective 2 – Student Experience

Support a positive learning experience. Key indicators for Objective 2:
     • Practical leadership skills.
     • Program satisfaction.

Objective 3 – Future Roles

Help students prepare for their future roles. Key indicators for Objective 3:
     • Employment rate.
     • Graduate school acceptance rate.

Objective 4 – Faculty Development

Assist faculty in developing as teachers and in their fields. Key indicators for Objective 4:
     • Faculty professional development plans.

Rational for Selection of Indicators: Most of the Core Theme indicators were selected after a robust discussion in University Council on February 28, 2017. Although there have been some minor changes and modifications to those indicators following regular and ongoing discussions in President’s Council and University Council meetings, the overall set of indicators has served us well. All of the key indicators were selected from a larger list of metrics included on the Institutional Dashboard.

Key Indicators for Objective 1 - Student Learning


Source: Mapped from program review data
Expectation: At least 75 percent proficient or distinguished for each institutional outcome.
Status: Meeting expectation for “Committed Disciples” and “Sound Thinkers.” Making progress for “Effective Communicators” and “Skilled Collaborators.”
Notes: These percentages reflect the most current outcomes assessment data collected from academic departments during program review and annual status updates.  In Spring Semester 2020, new BYU-Idaho Learning Outcome rubrics were piloted and more courses will begin using the new rubrics each semester in Fall 2020 and beyond.  We anticipate a more useful assessment of the BYU-Idaho Learning Outcomes and ongoing focused conversations about how we as an institution can improve student learning in each of these critical areas.


Source: Collegiate Learning Assessment (  CLA+)
Target: The average score for seniors at BYU-Idaho will be greater than or equal to 75% of seniors nationally.
Status: Meeting expectation.

Key Indicators for Objective 2 - Student Experience


Source: Survey of Graduating Students (Exit Survey)
Expectation: At least 80 percent of graduates will agree or strongly agree that leadership experiences at BYU-Idaho helped them develop practical leadership skills.
Status: Meeting expectation.
Notes: Numbers exclude “Undecided” responses.


Source: Survey of Graduating Students (Exit Survey)
Expectation: At least 80 percent of graduates would “probably” or “definitely” choose the same major.
Status: Meeting expectation.
Notes: Numbers exclude “Don’t know” responses.

Key Indicators for Objective 3 - Future Roles


Source: Alumni Survey
Expectation: At least 95 percent of alumni who are seeking a job will have a job (or a firm offer) one year after graduating.
Status: Meeting expectation.
Notes: The year listed for each point represents the year of graduation. For example, 2018 represents students who graduated in Fall 2018 and reported their employment in Fall 2019.


Source: Alumni Survey
Expectation: At least 70 percent of alumni who are pursuing graduate school will be enrolled or accepted to a graduate program one year after graduating.
Status: Meeting expectation.
Notes: The semester listed represents the semester of graduation. For example, FA18 represents students who graduated in Fall 2018 and reported graduate school acceptance in Fall 2019.

Key Indicators for Objective 4 - Faculty Development


Source: Faculty Development Office
Expectation: At least 90 percent of faculty will have a professional development plan.
Status: Meeting expectation.

Summary


The indicators suggest that BYU-Idaho is successfully meeting or close to meeting expectations for core theme two and its objectives.  Common rubrics for assessing the institutional student learning outcomes are currently being developed and implemented to help provide more consistent measures of student learning outcome attainment.