Building KU's Teaching and Learning Community


CTE offers many resources for assisting you in assessing and documenting student learning. Below, you will find information on our annual celebration of assessment best practices, our STEM learning outcomes assessment program, and contact information for our consultation services. Additional information about documenting and studying student learning at KU can be found at the University’s freestanding assessment website.

Student Learning Symposium

Presented by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Student Learning Symposium is an annual event that brings together faculty, administrators, and staff to explore and use assessment results collected from multiple sources -- including KU Core review and degree-level assessment -- to illuminate what is going on in KU's classrooms and beyond.

The half-day program offers panel and discussion sessions about the study of student learning; several presentations from individual departments that serve as examples of best practices; a general plenary session that addresses a large, macro-level question through the presentation of institutional data; and lots of fun in the form of food, hands-on activities, and the bestowal of university-level assessment awards.

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CTE faculty fellows or staff members are available to work with individual departments or programs to discuss the process for defining, tracking, and reporting student learning outcomes. This can be done in addition to the collaborative workshops and/or online resources available on the CTE website.

Topics that are often discussed at the meetings would cover areas like:
  • Defining program goals
  • Identifying areas in curriculum for data collection
  • Selecting/Designing assessment methods
  • Making sense of assessment data
  • Reporting assessment results
  • Linking evidence to actions

Email Joshua Potter at to schedule a consultation or visit to your department.

KU STEM Analytics Program

KU is one of 12 universities to receive a $20,000 grant from the Association of American Universities as part of a major AAU project to improve STEM education. The grant will be used to promote faculty-led course and curricular changes that enhance student learning among undergraduates, and to help eliminate long-standing opportunity gaps for students from underserved groups. A new grant-funded initiative at the University of Kansas will promote the use of data to improve teaching, student learning and retention in science, engineering, technology and math programs. This project will build off the work begun in 2016, when KU, as a member of a multi-university partnership known as the Bay View Alliance, expressed a commitment to use data to better understand student learning and student success, and to align with university goals of increasing retention and graduation rates.

The KU initiative will be led by an interdisciplinary team that includes Andrea Greenhoot, a professor of psychology and the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence; Caroline Bennett, an associate professor of engineering; Mark Mort, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology; DeAngela Burns, vice provost for undergraduate studies; and Doug Ward, associate professor of journalism and associate director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.

The initiative aims to answer the following questions:
  • How well are entry-level courses preparing students for later courses in a program sequence?
  • Are redesigns of such courses leading to better preparation and higher rates of success in later courses?
  • Are there inequities in student achievement and success for students from underserved or other groups? How effective are our efforts to reduce such gaps?

The AAU initiative at KU will began in the Spring 2017 semester with a goal of including 10 STEM departments in discussions about how to use institutional data to inform course and curricular improvements that can foster better student learning and improved degree completion.

For more information, following this link to a statement from the AAU website.