Graduate School Goals:
Creighton University embraces the Jesuit spirit of intellectual openness, tolerance and celebration of different gifts and talents. Within the context of Creighton as a Jesuit, Catholic University, the Graduate School provides a value-centered education that develops advanced mastery of a field of study. It puts graduate students in personal contact with faculty scholars in an environment that fosters critical judgment, scholarly initiative and disciplined inquiry. From the Mission Statement emerge six goals.
At the completion of their programs, graduates will:
1. demonstrate the disciplinary competence and/or professional
proficiency with a global perspective
2. in service to others;demonstrate an ability to combine critical thinking,
disciplined research, and effective problem-solving in their field of study;
3. demonstrate ethical decision making, service, and civic responsibility in
accordance with the Judeo-Christian tradition and Ignatian values;
4. respectfully and effectively communicate information through all modes
5. demonstrate deliberative reflection for lifelong personal and professional formation; and
6. demonstrate an ability to work effectively and in solidarity across the distinctions of human diversity.
These six goals provide a general framework for the assessment of student learning outcomes of various graduate programs. Some differences in content and emphasis will be noted between programs given the roles for which their students are being prepared. For example, doctoral programs will put substantial emphasis on the independent conduct of research while programs leading to a master's may put more emphasis on the ability to critique research and interpret findings to non-specialists in their field.
About Assessment at Creighton University
Learning is at the center of the assessment process at Creighton. As a Jesuit, Catholic university, we pride ourselves in producing graduates who obtain a “degree of difference” – who carry the imprint of a value-based education. We can only fully understand and continue to improve student learning through continuous inquiry and investigation. The Graduate School has the distinction of handling a diverse array of programs. There are master’s degrees in 25 areas of study, three PhD programs (all in the basic sciences) and six certificate programs. The sophistication and maturity of assessment of student learning varies across these diverse programs in the School.
Below is a table which contains learning goals, assessment plans, and reports.
The reports section is password protected to internal staff and faculty only. To view a report, click on Report, a new window will open to the CU Portal, log in with your NetID and password, click on Assessment Reports, and then click on the actual report, which will open the PDF in a new window.
Clinical & Translational Sciences
Education - Counseling
Education - Elementary
Education - Secondary
Education - Special Populations
Education - Leadership
Health Care Ethics
Information Technology Management
Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Negotiation & Dispute Resolution
Security Analysis & Portfolio Management
Here are some summary highlights of where we are in moving and developing the assessment culture within the Graduate School.
Assessment Highlights 2008-09:
This is a process of moving the programs forward that requires building structure and tools. There continues to be a strong “misconception” that assessment needs additional human resources who gather this data and analyze it. The challenge is to identify those critical embedded elements that are already in place and can be organized simply to move the assessment effort forward. So more to come…Gail Jensen, PhD, Dean