MBA Assessment Reports for 2019-20

The most recent AoL assessment/CTL cycle for the MBA Degree was completed in Spring 2020.

Summary of Findings:

Overall, the assessed MBA students showed good or exemplary competence across most of the degree's learning outcomes. However, under Goal #3 (Knowledgeable about social and ethical issues and trends affecting business), the observed outcomes fell below the committee's established benchmark for all three of measured outcomes.

While the committee was concerned about this overall lower score, faculty members on the committee also felt this result was potentially magnified by the context and timing of when the data was collected in the students' course of study. Committee members noted that development of ethical and social awareness skills is included broadly across the curriculum and student skills grow as they move towards graduation.

Summary of Recommendations / Actions:

  • To get a more accurate measurement of student mastery of knowledge and skills in this area, the committee recommended that the MBA capstone course (MGMT-7160) be used for assessing social and ethical awareness in the future.

  • The committee also focused on the nature of what specific activities would be used in MGMT-7160 to assess student social and ethical skills. To address this additional concern and add more structure to how data is collected, instructors assigned sections of MGMT-7160 should be asked to participate in a shared effort to design a more consistent set of assessment activities for measuring social and ethical skills such that can be aligned to fit into their individual courses.

  • Assessment preparation by faculty: The committee noted the challenge of designing an appropriate assessment activity for a given MLO that can accurately measure a student's skills. To address this need, selected assessment faculty should be notified during the semester prior to when they are to collect data. This will allow sufficient course-planning time to develop a suitable assessment activity.

  • Indirect Data: Some suggestion of collecting indirect data (e.g., student self-assessment) in the form of a survey or other method to augment the direct assessment data developed by faculty.


(page updated:  5/8/2020)