Assessment in Action

Rockhurst University: Project Description

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Primary Outcome Examined (select one or more)

Student Learning: Assignment

(No) Student Learning: Course

(No) Student Learning: Major

(No) Student Learning: Degree

(No) Student Engagement

Student Success

(No) Academic Intimacy/Rapport

(No) Enrollment

(No) Retention

(No) Completion

(No) Graduation

(No) Articulation

(No) Graduates' Career Success

(No) Testing (e.g., GRE, MCAT, LSAT, CAAP, CLA, MAPP)

(No) Other (please describe)

Primary Library Factor Examined (select one or more)


(No) Instruction: Games

Instruction: One Shot

(No) Instruction: Course Embedded

(No) Instruction: Self-Paced Tutorials

(No) Reference

(No) Educational Role (other than reference or instruction)

(No) Space, Physical

(No) Discovery (library resources integrated in institutional web and other information portals)

(No) Discovery (library resource guides)

(No) Discovery (from preferred user starting points)

(No) Collections (quality, depth, diversity, format or currency)

(No) Personnel (number and quality)

(No) Other (please describe)

Student Population (select one or more)


(No) Graduate

(No) Incoming

(No) Graduating

(No) Pre-College/Developmental/Basic Skills

Other (please describe)

First Year Students

Discipline (select one or more)

(No) Arts

(No) Humanities

(No) Social Sciences

(No) Natural Sciences (i.e., space, earth, life, chemistry or physics)

(No) Formal Sciences (i.e., computer science, logic, mathematics, statistics or systems science)

(No) Professions/Applied Sciences

English Composition

(No) General Education

(No) Information Literacy Credit Course

(No) Other (please describe)

AiA Team Members (select one or more)

Assessment Office

(No) Institutional Research

Teaching Faculty

(No) Writing Center

(No) Information/Academic Technology

(No) Student Affairs

(No) Campus Administrator

Library Administrator

Other Librarian

(No) Other (please describe)

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Methods and Tools (select one or more)


(No) Interviews

(No) Focus Group(s)

(No) Observation

Pre/Post Test


(No) Other (please describe)

Direct Data Type (select one or more)

(No) Student Portfolio

Research Paper/Project

(No) Class Assignment (other than research paper/project)

(No) Other (please describe)

Indirect Data Type (select one or more)

(No) Test Scores

(No) GPA

(No) Degree Completion Rate

(No) Retention Rate

(No) Other (please describe)

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Executive Summary (150 words open)

  • How does the project align with your institution’s priorities and needs?
  • Why did you choose the outcome and library factor as areas to examine?
  • Why was the team composition appropriate?

  1. Rockhurst's Assesssment in Action research project aligned with one of the key university learning themes - Critical and Creative Thinking and served as one of the campus assessment projects for 2014. Rockhurst chose to examine its library instruction one shot sessions held for students in English Composition II courses in order to determine the impact these sessions have on students' understanding and use of library resources and services. The Rockhurst's AIA Team consisted of English faculty members, the assessment coordinator, the library director, a faculty representative from the three schools and the instruction librarian. The team's composition was important because it allowed relationships to develop across campus that furthered positive and successful collaboration on this project and will facilite additional partnerships in the future.

  • What are the significant contributions of your project?
  • What was learned about assessing the library’s impact on student learning and success?
  • What was learned about creating or contributing to a culture of assessment on campus?
  • What, if any, are the significant findings of your project?

  1. Rockhurst's AIA project results suggest that students participating in face to face
    instruction sessions do increase their usage of library services and have an increased likelihood of using the library website and databases for future projects. Rockhurst's AIA team worked together to help facilitate and support Rockhurst's current culture of assessment on campus through face to face meetings, online communication and using online tools.

  • What will you change as a result of what you learned (– e.g., institutional activities, library functions or practices, personal/professional practice, other)?
  • How does this project contribute to current, past, or future assessment activities on your campus?

  1. Rockhurst's AIA project facilitated collaboration between departments and schools at the university and serves as a great example of a cross-campus assessment project. Rockhurst's library assesssment project will be replicated again using a different population of students to determine if the results are similar.

Please list any articles published, presentations given, URL of project website, and team leader contact details.

  1. Rockhurst University Team Leader
    Danielle Theiss
    Research, Learning and Assessment Services Librarian

A Collaborative Journey: Rockhurst University's Assessment In Action Story

Rockhurst University examined the impact of its one shot instruction sessions on first year students taking English Composition II. The project results suggest that students participating in face to face instruction sessions do increase their usage of library services and have an increased likelihood of using the library website and databases for future projects.