WCSU - Ancell Assurance of Learning

Assurance of Learning

Ancell School of Business Undergraduate/MBA Mission

The Ancell School of Business provides high quality, affordable undergraduate and graduate education for students from Western Connecticut and the broader region. The Ancell school transforms students into graduates who are prepared to meet the needs of employers in our service region and the opportunities and challenges of our global economy. The Ancell School promotes faculty excellence in teaching, intellectual contributions and service to professional and business organizations.

Undergraduate Learning Goals:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the critical functional areas of organizations.

  •  Students will understand the major global, social, environmental and ethical factors that directly influence organizations.

  •   Students will be effective written and oral communicators.

  •   Students  will demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills relevant to organizational applications.

  •   Students will become effective members and leaders of teams.

 MBA Learning Goals:

  • ASB graduates will be able to integrate knowledge from a variety of business disciplines in order to better understand markets, organizations and individuals.

  • ASB graduates will have an understanding of various ethical, corporate social responsibility and sustainability perspectives and how they apply to their actions and decisions

  • ASB graduates will have an understanding of the opportunities and challenges of operating in a global business environment.

  • ASB graduates will be able to demonstrate effective communication skills.

  • ASB graduates will be able to address complex business problems in novel ways and demonstrate the ability to reason and think analytically.

  • ASB graduates will be able to demonstrate effective leadership and team-building skills necessary to lead organizations in a dynamic environment.

Assurance of Learning

The Ancell School of Business (ASB) is undertaking an active Assurance of Learning (AoL) Program to ensure both the undergraduate and graduate programs are assessed and evaluated on a regular basis to foster successful student learning. Planning and assessment efforts are guided by faculty committee as we strive for continuous improvement and accountability in the education process.

Assurance of Learning Plan

What is Assurance of Learning? Assurance of Learning (AoL) is the systematic collection, review, and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and
development. The goal for these assessments is to achieve continuous improvement in student
learning and achievement.

How does this AoL program benefit our students? Assessments will be used to improve student learning and achievement. Test results are reviewed and analyzed so that we can assess efficacy of instruction and make appropriate changes to course content in order to meet our learning goals.

What do we actually measure to assess student learning? The ASB faculty has elected to use multiple types of instruments to assess learning, including the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Major Field Test, which is administered every third semester as part of the capstone course, MGT 415 for undergraduates and MGT 506 for graduate students. We will also use direct measures such as objective testing or other demonstrations of the mastery of skills, knowledge and abilities in the general curriculum or business‐specific areas. For course‐embedded measures, the work of individual students (not student teams) is to be used to assess student outcomes. A student's course grade is not sufficient to measure achievement of the specific learning goal and program objectives.

What documentation do you maintain for your AoL program? We keep the
following documentation: Copies of instruments, course‐embedded assignments, scoring grids
or rubrics, summary of data and analyses, sample of student products used, documentation
that data was used, and documentation of curricular actions that were taken based on
assessment results.





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