Proficiencies and Rubrics

The UW Colleges commits to developing in students a set of proficiencies that prepares them for baccalaureate and professional programs, for lifelong learning, and for leadership, service, and responsible citizenship. To provide students with the skills for success in these roles, the UW Colleges regards the following areas of proficiency to be of primary importance in the education of our students: Analytical Skills, Quantitative Skills, Communication Skills, Aesthetic Skills, and Intercultural Skills.

To assess student learning in these four areas, instructors measure student proficiency using common standards applied across the academic disciplines. For each of the four areas of proficiency, we establish expectations for satisfactory performance and communicate those expectations to our students. Then we gather evidence on performance indicators for curricular experiences and activities and interpret the data collected. The accumulated results are then used as the basis for implementing changes in teaching and curriculum.

Proficiency Rotation Cycle
Proficiency Academic Years Assessed
A. Analytical Skills 2013-2014, 2015-2016, 2017-2018
B. Quantitative Skills 2014-2015, 2016-2017, 2017-2018
C. Communication Skills 2014-2015, 2016-2017, 2017-2018
D. Aesthetic Skills 2013-2014, 2015-2016, 2017-2018 
E. Intercultural Skills
2013-2014 to 2017-2018