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The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an agency that provides peer review and accreditation of degree granting colleges and Universities in the middle Atlantic region. A Middle States Team visited Penn State from April 10 - April 13, 2005. In June, 2005, the Middle States Commission reaffirmed accreditation and requested a progress letter from the University documenting "the development of a comprehensive plan for the assessment of student learning that is linked to the overall assessment of institutional effectiveness and to the institution's strategic planning process" (Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 2005).

Penn State has responded by forming a Coordinating Committee on University Assessment. The committee's initial charge was to develop and implement a university-wide assessment plan that prioritizes the University needs. The committee then formed four task teams to examine the following spheres of assessment: course, program, General Education, and cocurricular. The Cocurricular Task Team began their efforts by defining the "cocurriculum" and drafting learning outcomes. The following is the latest draft.

The "cocurriculum" at Penn State includes both formal and informal out-of-class learning opportunities. These include involvement with clubs and organizations, workshops, lectures, internships, co-ops, living-learning communities, intramural and recreation programs, undergraduate research opportunities, interactions with faculty and other students, service learning, academic and career advising, cultural events and study abroad.

Knowledge Acquisition/Application

Students will:

Cognitive Competency

Students will:

Life Skills and Self-Knowledge

Students will:

Personal Integrity and Values

Students will:

Intercultural Development

Students will:

Leadership and Active Citizenship

Students will:

Approved by the Pennsylvania State University Coordinating Committee on University Assessment, May 2006.

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