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Assurance of Learning

The Walter E. Heller College of Business (HCB) maintains an active Assurance of Learning (AoL) Program with Assessments of Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) to ensure both the undergraduate and graduate programs are assessed and evaluated on a regular basis with an aim to support successful student learning performance. The planning and assessment efforts are guided by a committee of knowledgeable and enthusiastic faculty and academic staff. Assurance of Learning supports the ACBSP accreditation principles which are designed to promote excellence in business education.

Assurance of Learning – A Systematic Approach 

Assurance of Learning (AoL) or Learning Outcomes Assessment (LOA) is the systematic approach to identifying what students are learning according to faculty expectations. It requires collection, review, and use of information about our undergraduate and graduate business programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and development. The goal for these assessments is to achieve continuous improvement in student learning, performance and achievement.

AoL Benefits our Students

AoL benefits our students directly. For example, to achieve our learning objectives, we must employ high quality instruction and this benefits students directly. Also, we assess students in order to assure that they are learning, can compete and be successful in this century and beyond. We enhance student success by continuously finding innovative ways to improve student learning and achievement. AoL keeps us accountable and on top of what the students need and enables us to make continuous improvements in our learning activities and platforms.

AoL and Accreditation

AoL is a major requirement for accreditation by both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (ACBSP) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Assurance of Learning Process

Assurance of Learning Process for the Heller College of Business

 Phase 1 –
Developmental
Phase 2 –
Measurement 
Phase 3 –
Close the Loop
 
  • Define Program Learning
    Goals or Objectives
  • Develop Measures
  • Map the Curriculum
  • Identify Where to Measure
  • Measure and Collect Data
  • Analyze Data
  • Identify Improvements
  • Implement Improvements
  • Collect Data on Improvements
  • Analyze Data
  • Evaluate Improvements
  • Evaluate and Improve Process

Undergraduate Assurance of Learning

Undergraduate Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) [Goals and Objectives]

Goals Category and Focus  Objectives: Our BSBA graduates will… 
Basic principles of business disciplines: Our graduates will possess knowledge across business disciplines Demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge across the basic business disciplines (i.e., finance, marketing, human resources, teamwork, ethics, etc.)
Analytical and Quantitative Skills: Our graduates will possess appropriate analytical and quantitative skills Exhibit understanding and application of the basic analytical and quantitative techniques/skills used in business
Use of Technology: Our graduates will be current on the use of technology Demonstrate an ability to effectively use technology in business
Written and Oral communication: Our graduates will be effective communicators Exhibit an understanding and application of effective written and oral communication skills
Global Issues Awareness and Knowledge: Our graduates will be aware of global issues, e.g. understand the importance of behaving ethically Demonstrate awareness and knowledge of one or more global issues such as diversity, sustainability and/or ethics.

Assurance of Learning Annual Reports

Highlights of Accomplishments

Program Learning Outcomes: Most Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) are being met based on Learning Assurance Report results (MGMT 380), Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) scores, and other assessments.

On Par with the World: Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) scores regarding Financial Concepts, Business Aptitude, Analytical & Quantitative Skills, Ethical Reasoning, and Career Skills are on par with the aggregated test scores for the World, including North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.

Program Learning Activities: Curriculum and course-embedded learning activities are being successfully aligned with learning outcome goals.

Assessment Rubrics: Rubrics established for all program learning goals. These provide clear direction on learning expectations. 

Competitive Wins: In the 2012 Best-Strategy Invitational (BSI) a team of our undergraduate business students were selected as grand champions in an online global business strategy competition against 10 other university teams from around the world.

New Major: New BSBA, Social Entrepreneurship is available as of May 2012.

BSBA, Human Resource Management degree program is acknowledged by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as being fully aligned with the SHRM curriculum standards and listed on its website. See http://www.shrm.org/Education/hreducation/Pages/BachelorofScience.aspx. SHRM is the world’s largest professional association devoted to human resource management and the recognized authority in the field. 

Extracurricular activities: International Study opportunities, Student Organization events, and other leadership opportunities.

Career Support: Professional and Personal Mentoring, Internships, and other Career Support are available to all undergraduate students.

Graduate Assurance of Learning

Graduate Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) [Goals and Objectives]

Goals and Focus:  Objectives: Our masters’ graduates will… 
Written and Oral Communication: Our graduates will be effective communicators Exhibit effective oral and written communication in business and professional environments.
Analytical and Quantitative Skills: Our graduates will possess strong analytical and quantitative skills  Exhibit understanding and application of the basic analytical and quantitative techniques/skills used in managerial positions in business.
Use of Technology: Our graduates will possess strong technology skills Demonstrate an ability to effectively use technology in management positions in business.
Leadership: Our graduates will possess effective leadership skills Demonstrate an understanding and application of leadership in organizational situations.
Adaptation and Innovation: Our graduates will have adaptation and innovation experiences Demonstrate an understanding of the need to adapt and innovate to solve problems, to cope with unforeseen events, to deal with global issues and/or to manage in unpredictable environments.

Assurance of Learning Annual Reports

Highlights of Accomplishments

MBA (Master of Business Administration) Highlights

Program Options: The MBA program involves selecting a concentration from a wide range of options. These options open a variety of career paths for MBA graduates. 

Program Learning Outcomes: Most Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) are being met based on course-embedded and external assessments of student learning.

Program Learning Activities: Curriculum and course-embedded learning activities are being successfully aligned with learning outcome goals.

Assessment Rubrics: Rubrics established for all program learning goals. These provide clear direction on learning expectations. 

Career Support: Professional and Personal Mentoring, Internships, and other Career Support are available to all graduate students.

Global Experience: Our MBA students are from all over the world. Students have the opportunity to gain global learning experiences through our International Study Opportunities to Poland, France, the United Kingdom, South America and other parts of the world. 

MSA and MSAF (Master of Science in Accounting and in Accounting Forensics) Highlights

Program Learning Outcomes: Most Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) are being met based on course-embedded and external assessments of student learning.

Direct Access to Industry Experts: Through student organizations, professional societies, and networking events, MSA and MSAF students have direct access to a network of active industry leaders.

Academic Support: MSA and MSAF Students have access to academic support through scholarships and internship opportunities with major corporations and consultancies. 

Career Success: The majority of MSA and MSAF graduates gain positions in accounting and experience career advancement in their fields.

CPA and CFE Pass rates: Our MSAF students have a CFE pass rate of 100% as of Spring 2013. The MSAF and MSA students are successful on their certification and licensing exams.

Program Growth: Our MSAF program grew by 2800% over the period of Fall 2009 to Fall 2012.

MSHRM (Master of Science in Human Resource Management) Highlights

Program Learning Outcomes: Most Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) are being met based on course-embedded and external assessments of student learning.

National and International Recognition:
  • Our MSHRM degree is acknowledged by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as being fully aligned with the SHRM curriculum standards and listed on its website. See http://www.shrm.org/Education/hreducation/Pages/MasterofScience.aspx. SHRM is the world’s largest professional association devoted to human resource management and the recognized authority in the field.
  • RU SHRM, our affiliated student chapter received merit awards ranging from Superior Merit to Merit over the past five years, 2009 to 2013.
  • RU SHRM hosted 200 HR professionals for the annual SHRM Young Professionals conferences in 2010 and 2011. 
  • Student won the highly competitive national Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) award, a prestigious two-year paid United States government fellowship.

Local Recognition: Our MSHRM graduate students received two “HR Leader of Tomorrow Awards” from Chicago SHRM.

Academic Support: MSHRM students may apply for numerous scholarships and grants, particularly those offered by SHRM. Numerous resources are also available for learning support.

Career Success: MSHRM graduates land positions as Specialists, HR Generalist, HR Business Partner, and HR Director in major corporations and experience advancement in their current positions.

MSRE (Master of Science in Real Estate) Highlights

Program Learning Outcomes: Most Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) are being met based on course-embedded and external assessments of student learning.

Benefits of a School and an Institute: The MSRE degree program offers students the benefits of the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate and The Chicago School of Real Estate.

Direct Access to Industry Experts: Customized program modules and forums are led by Real Estate experts.

Championships: First Place Prize in 2013 to Roosevelt University’s winning Real Estate Team. The team won the 2013 Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation (HEEF) Midwest Real Estate Challenge.

Academic Support: We have awarded 20-25 scholarships per year for the past five years, equivalent to $120,000-$125,000 in scholarships per year. These include the Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders, Roldan Future Hispanic Leaders, Northern Builders Future Industrial Leaders, and other general scholarships.

Completion Rates: 95% of MSRE students finish the program within two years.

Career Success: 100% of MSRE students find positions in Real Estate prior to graduating or within 3 months of graduation.


Resources

  • AOL Rubric Guidance
  • ACBSP Assessment 
  • ACBSP Region 4 Conference (October 2012)  
    o “Best Practices in the Assurance of Learning Process among Accredited Business Schools”, speakers: Carolyn Wiley & John McDonald, Roosevelt University
    o “Suggestions to Obtain Faculty Buy In”, speakers: Thomas Head and Melissa Stutz, Roosevelt University
    o “Incorporating Sustainability into the Accounting Classroom”, speaker: Deborah Pavelka, Roosevelt University
    o “Bringing Sustainable Development Content into the Classroom”, speakers: Terri Friel and Josetta McLaughlin, Roosevelt University
    o “Performance Drivers in the Assurance of Learning Process”, speaker Carolyn Wiley, Roosevelt University
  • 2012 MBAA International Annual Conference (March 2012, p. 32)  
    Joint Panel Session with Information Systems and Management, “Assurance of Learning Frameworks: Integration of Technology in Business Programs” -- Chair: Carolyn Wiley, Roosevelt University; Panelists: John McDonald, Raed Elaydi, Shamsul Chowdhury and Elizabeth Peters, Roosevelt University
  • 2013 MBAA International Annual Conference (February 2013, p. 79) 
    “Assurance of Learning and Assessing Student Learning Outcomes: Lessons Learned” Organizer and Moderator: Carolyn Wiley, Roosevelt University; Panelist: Jill Vihtelic, St. Mary’s College and Shamsul Chowdhury, Roosevelt University
  • Assurance of Learning Process in Business Communications Courses cited in May, G., & Tidwell, M. (2007). Assurance of Learning: Implementing a Uniform Assessment Process across Multiple Sections of a Managerial Communication Course.

Academic Program Review and Assessment Committee

  • Charge: Assurance of Learning and Assessments
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Members:
    Carolyn Wiley, Committee Chair, Professor of Management and Human Resource Management
    Meng Li, Committee Communications Director, Assistant Professor, Finance
    Stephen Fedota, Committee Communications Director, Adjunct Professor, Human Resource Managemen
    John McDonald, Professor of Real Estate (retired)
    Shamsul Chowdhury, Professor of Information Systems