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Pathways Assessment Data

Virginia Tech adopted the Pathways to General Education curriculum in Spring 2015 with an implementation date of Fall 2018. Pathways assessment data are used to inform and improve the Pathways general education program to enhance student learning at Virginia Tech.

Each time a Pathways course is taught, instructors collect and report assessment data. Submitted data are aggregated at the student learning outcome level, ensuring that data are not student, instructor, or course identifiable.

Reports

Below are downloadable reports for each Core and Integrative Pathways Concept. Pathways assessment data collection was suspended for Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, reports only include data from the Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Fall 2019 semesters.

Core Concept: Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States*
*The Core Concept of Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States (CAIEUS) was approved a year later than the other Pathways concepts. Due to the small number of sections reporting CAIEUS data during Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, data from Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Fall 2019 have been combined.

Data Visualizations

Several visualizations of the data are provided below. Interactive visualizations have been created for individuals who are interested in exploring Pathways assessment data related to numbers of courses and sections offered, enrollment in sections, and student competency levels for each concept. To explore all concepts, please visit our interactive visualizations.

Number of Courses and Sections Offered

Pathways instructors are asked to submit assessment data to the Institutional Effectiveness unit in the Office of Analytics and Institutional Effectiveness each time they teach a Pathways course. The bar graphs below show the number of courses (313) and sections (2,227) addressing Pathways concepts offered during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Courses offered by each concept
Sections offered by each concept

* Some Pathways courses address more than one Core Concept and/or Integrative Concept.

Sections Offered and Enrollment in Sections*

The line charts indicate that there is an upward trend in the number of sections included in analyses and the number of students enrolled in sections included in analyses from Fall 2018 to Fall 2019.

Sections and Enrollment of Students in Sections by Semester

This line chart demonstrates the number of sections offered, sections submitting data, and sections included in analyses.

Sections and Enrollment of Students in Sections by Semester

This line chart demonstrates the number of sections offered, sections submitting data, and sections included in analyses.

Sections and Enrollment of Students in Sections by Semester

* Enrollment values include students who may be enrolled and/or assessed in multiple Pathways courses.

Discourse Core Concept (2018-2019)

As seen in the pie charts below, in the 2018-2019 academic year, 52% of sections addressing the Discourse concept were included in analyses. Student enrollment in the Discourse sections included in analyses was 6,368 (54%). Student competency levels for each Pathways student learning outcome (SLO) are shown in the interactive visualizations. For instance, in the bar graphs below, for all Discourse sections included in analyses, 92% of students were rated as either Competent or Above Competent for Discourse SLO 1 (i.e., Discover and comprehend information from a variety of written, oral, and visual sources).

Discourse courses are approved as either Foundational or Advanced/Applied. Discourse is the exchange of ideas in writing or speaking, adapted to specific contexts and developed through discovery, analysis, creation, presentation, and evaluation. A student who is competent in Discourse demonstrates the ability to reason, write, and speak effectively for academic, professional, and public purposes. Students will demonstrate increasing proficiency over the years. All student learning outcomes will be met in all courses, but expectations for proficiency will be heightened for Advanced/Applied courses. There are five student learning outcomes (SLOs) associated with Discourse.

Discourse charts show Percent of Sections Included in Analyses and Percent of Enrollment in Sections included in Analyses
Discourse bar chart showing Competency by Student Learning Outcome

*** Enrollment values include students who may have been enrolled and/or assessed in multiple Pathways courses.