FYS courses should cover and assess for the following:
- Written discourse, which will be assessed using the writing rubric (Communication, Goal 1, Outcome B);
- Collaboration, which will be assessed using the collaboration rubric (Communication, Goal 1, Outcome C;
- An orientation to the UCA Core mission, purpose, and general learning outcomes, which will be integrated into the course and assessed (The assessment rubric title is “First-Year Seminar General Education and UCA Core Assessment.”)
- A focus on the basic principles of the discipline, which will allow the course to fulfill one of the lower-division Core requirements other than communications.
Assessments in these areas will be required for a course section to receive the FYS designation.
FYS Assessment Pilot Process: Please participate in the regular pilot process within your department except in the case of the “First-Year Seminar General Education and UCA Core Assessment” rubric located on the Assessment page. The assessment rubrics are the same from the FYS all the way through the capstone courses. For the “First-Year Seminar General Education and UCA Core Assessment” rubric, please use some of your assignments for teaching students about the importance of general education and our Core structure to see how well this rubric works, and email the UCA Core Director with your feedback. Use the Excel file for this rubric (located off of the Assessment page with the others). Please collect your feedback in just one Excel file–we aren’t gathering assessment data this semester, just feedback about the assessment forms and process. Email email@example.com with any questions. Thank you!