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Quality Enhancement Plan

Table B.
Assessment Protocol: Instruments, Informants and Methods*

Informants and Methods

Research and Design Proposal Evaluation

Process Evaluation by Instructors

Inquiry skills assessed:

  • Identify issue or problem
  • Formulate questions
  • Gather information
  • Critical analysis or problem solving
  • Reflective knowledge

Students and Student Teams coached by Course Faculty in collaboration with Community Partners

  • Written proposals
  • Student-faculty conferences

Assessment of disciplinary knowledge; inquiry and application skills:

  • Identify appropriate research methods and instruments
  • Identify and evaluate evidence, theories, and models
  • Synthesize information


  • Comparative data on skill and knowledge levels
Oral Presentation Portfolio

Oral presentation skills coached by Cain Project:

  • Assess audience and purpose
  • Organize an argument
  • Convey confidence through delivery skills
  • Integrate visuals
  • Handle questions and facilitate discussion

Students and Student Teams

  • Faculty feedback on practice oral presentations
  • Juried evaluation of final presentation
  • Evaluation by Cain Project professional staff

Community Partner Assessment Instrument*

Community Partner Interviews

CPAI Assessments will determine a student's ability to:

  • Apply appropriate theory to the problem in study
  • Communicate (oral and written) with a non-academic audience
  • Determine the appropriate research tools necessary to complete the project as
  • Collaborate with community partners to
    define and study a problem.
  • Solicit and respond appropriately to feedback from audiences within and beyond the academic community

The usefulness for the community partner of participating in Rice's community engagement programs.

Community Partners

  • Community Partner Assessment Instrument will be conducted by the Center for Civic Engagement
  • Individual interviews with community partners will be conducted by the Center for Civic Engagement

Students and Student Teams

  • Representative from the community organization will participate with faculty member in juried evaluation of student's presentation of final work

Civic Attitudes and Experiences Report*

  • National Survey of Student Engagement data
  • METRO use data
  • Career Services' Post-graduate Survey
  • Student participation rates
  • Rice Alumni Survey data

Engaging Houston Survey

  • Participation rates
  • Number of QEP Courses offered
  • Number of faculty members participating in QEP-related programs
  • Community Involvement Center programs
  • NSSE data

The report will compile data from multiple sources in order to assess:

  • Trends in student participation in undergraduate volunteer organizations that assist with problems addressed Houston civic organizations
  • Extent to which participation in QEP activities positively affects students understanding of complex social problems
  • Extent to which students attribute clarification of their career and educational goals to their community experiences  
  • Impact that participation in QEP activities has on students' appreciation of public responsibility and commitment to diverse forms of civic engagement
  • Intention of students participating in QEP related activities to continue their civic engagement after graduation

Alumni, Students and Faculty

  • Center for Civic Engagement will conduct regular data collection to track participation rates in QEP related activities
  • Center for Civic Engagement will conduct assessment surveys with alumni who participated in QEP classes
  • Student information will be collected annually via the NSSE

* The assessment methods for QEP outcomes listed are not exhaustive but, rather, the minimal instruments anticipated from discussions with the Faculty Advisory Group. The Center for Civic Engagement will assist faculty teaching QEP courses in selecting assessment methods that are appropriate for each course.