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Quality Enhancement Plan

Assessing the Plan


The effectiveness of the FOCUS sessions will be measured through an assessment process with a  variety of instruments. The assessment instruments to be administered to students enrolled in BIOL 1014 and 1020 include a nationally developed test to measure critical thinking and real-world problem solving, two locally developed diagnostic assessments to measure content specific knowledge, a national survey of student engagement to measure perceived development of critical thinking skills, pass-rates of FOCUS-linked courses, and longitudinal tracking of student performance in their subsequent science course (whether it is BIOL or another science discipline). 


QEP Goal



 Success in FOCUS course

 Grade in BIOL 1014 or BIOL 1020 Class

 75% of students enrolled in a FOCUS-linked course will earn ABC

 Success in subsequent science course

 Grade in subsequent science course

85% of students who received ABC in FOCUS-linked course will receive ABC in subsequent course 


Learning Objectives               

Student Learning Outcomes



Critical Thinking

  • Separate factual information from inferences
  • Understand the limitations of correlational data
  • Evaluate evidence and identify appropriate conclusions
  • Identify alternative interpretations for data or observations
  • Identify new information that supports/contradicts a hypothesis
  • Explain how new information can change a problem
  • Separate relevant information from irrelevant information
  • Integrate information to solve problems
  • Learn and apply new information
  • Communicate ideas effectively

CAT Test

Scores improve for years 2020, 2021, and 2022

Content Knowledge






  • Formulate a coherent understanding of the relationship between tissues, organs, and organ systems (BIOL 1014)
  • Formulate a coherent understanding of the characteristics of living things (BIOL 1020)
  • Observe the natural world and explain the importance of the scientific method (BIOL 1014/1020)
  • Communicate anatomical terminology (BIOL 1014)
  • Use the basic components of models (BIOL 1014/BIOL 1020)
  • Synthesize information to develop a conceptual understanding of biological processes (BIOL 1014/BIOL 1020)
  • Synthesize scientific data and information to develop hypotheses. (BIOL 1020)

Locally Developed embedded Diagnostic Questions

75% answer 75% correctly