Essential Studies Inquiry and Analysis Course Approval

Learning Outcome and Criteria

Oregon Tech students will engage in a process of inquiry and analysis.

Inquiry & Analysis consists of posing meaningful questions about situations and systems, gathering and evaluating relevant evidence, and articulating how that evidence justifies decisions and contributes to students’ understanding of how the world works.

Criteria for Inquiry & Analysis Assessment
As revised by the Inquiry and Analysis ESLO Committee for use in Fall submission of 2016-17 Course Approval Forms.

The following are criteria used in the assessment of student work:

  • Identify: Identify a meaningful question or topic of inquiry.
  • Investigate: Critically examine existing knowledge and views on the question or topic of inquiry.
  • Support: Collect evidence based on the methodology or principles of discipline.
  • Evaluate: Critically analyze and distinguish evidence obtained.
  • Conclude: Come to a judgment based on evidence and understand the limitations and implications of that judgment.

Required Information for Essential Studies Approval

During the current implementation phase of Essential Studies, we are seeking Essential Studies Course Approval applications for courses at the Foundation and Essential Practice levels (Processes for Program-Integrated Practice, ESSE, and Capstone courses may differ, and will be further defined as we move forward.)

In order to ease the transition to Essential Studies, and provide predictability for students, departments, and programs, GEAC is soliciting Foundation and Essential Practice course approval applications only from courses that fulfill requirements in the prior general education framework. In a few limited cases, to build out course lists, ESLO committees may reach out to invite particular faculty and departments to submit applications.

To submit a course, provide the following information:

  1. A CPC New Course Request or Course Change form, if needed. (Note: An existing course with no changes to course title, description, credits or prerequisites does not require submission to CPC; rather submit items 2-4 directly to GEAC, by emailing them to Nellie Stewart. If CPC changes are required, attached the documents below to your CPC submission.)
  2. A Essential Studies Course Approval Form (see link at right) with chair and dean signatures
  3. A detailed course syllabus that includes (a) course outcomes, (b) identification of appropriate ESLO(s). (Note: Make sure that the activities of the course integrate the outcomes as listed in the syllabus.)
  4. An assignment requiring student work appropriate for proficiency assessment in the identified ESLO.

Following submission for Essential Studies approval, a course undergoes a review process involving GEAC and the associated ESLO committee.

Approval Criteria for Inquiry & Analysis Courses

​Can a major assignment (or set of assignments) within the course be meaningfully assessed for the criteria on the Oregon Tech Inquiry & Analysis rubric? Faculty will identify this assignment (at least with a draft assignment prompt) when submitting a course.

While the precise boundaries between capstone, practice, and foundational courses are not bright lines:

  • for foundational courses: we expect about 3 of the criteria to be addressed, and achievement to fall around levels 1-2 on the developmental rubric.
  • for practicing courses: we expect about 4 criteria to be addressed, and achievement to fall around level 2-3 on the developmental rubric.
  • for capstone courses: we expect all criteria to be addressed, and achievement to fall around levels 3-4 on the developmental rubric.

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I & A ESLO Committee

Matthew Sleep, Chair
Hui-Yun Li
Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen
Ryan Madden
Josh Millard
Jeff Pardy