PSLO Assessment Report Summary
What we wanted to learn about our students:
What Program Student Learning Outcomes does this project assess?
PSLO #1 – Know and have an appreciation for the safety knowledge required in the welding
trade and PSLO #2 – demonstrate the ability and theory to effectively solve problems
encountered while welding or cutting as per job requirements.
What is the research question investigated by this project?
Direct measure of student learning in our Weld 10 Basic Arc Welding Theory class.
Why is this research question of importance to the program? What background information
is needed to understand the rationale for this project?
To provide us feedback on whether our students are properly trained and prepared in
the field of welding to meet industry needs.
What we did:
How was the research question investigated? What students were studied? (If sampling
was used, how was the sample chosen? Did the sample adequately represent all students
in the program? Explain.
By analyzing the final exam grades of all students in both the day and evening classes
during the Spring 2011 and Fall 2011 semesters.
Were direct, indirect, or qualitative measures used in the assessment?
Direct measure of final exam scores. Tests given were Scantron format with multiple
choice answers. Students who were able to accurately answer questions regarding arc
welding safety equipment, welding procedure fundamentals, welding power supplies and
consumables at a 90% level or above were placed in a “High Proficiency” category.
Students who scored at a 70% to 89% were placed in “Meets Proficiency” category and
are considered to have basic knowledge required to survive in the welding industry.
Students who scored less than 70% on the final exam are considered to be in the “Below
What we learned about our students:
What are the findings or results of this project?
Data is described below:
Spring 2011: Day Class Evening
# of students in High Proficiency 4 or 19% 4 or 11%
# of students in Meets Proficiency 9 or 43% 27 or 77%
# of students in Below Proficiency 8 or 38% 4 or 11%
# of students in High Proficiency 1 or 4% 4 or 14%
# of students in Meets Proficiency 14 or 58% 16 or 57%
# of students in Below Proficiency 9 or 38% 8 or 29%
Combined results are shown below:
# of students in High Proficiency 13 or 12%
# of students in Meets Proficiency 66 or 61%
# of students in Below Proficiency 29 or 27%
Total students 108
What do the results mean? What hypothesis is the most plausible explanation for the
Upon initial review, one can surmise that the majority (73%) of the 108 students are
meeting the proficiency requirements. This is good news and it validates that we
are doing the right thing (methods) in teaching our students about welding. However,
it also shows that just over one-quarter (27%) of the students are below proficiency.
This group will most likely have to repeat the class as they will have difficulty
succeeding and surviving in the welding industry.
The Spring 2011 data illustrates the same quantity of students meeting the high proficiency
level whereas the rest of the numbers show vast differences. One reason for this is
the larger evening class of 35 students. To clarify, the classes are taught by different
The Fall 2011 data is much more aligned between the day and evening classes in that
they show very similar data.
What we plan to do next to improve student learning:
How will the results of this project be used to improve student learning in the program?
What is the plan of action? Who is responsible for implementing the action plan and
what is the timeline?
It is desired to reduce the number of students in the “Below Proficiency” category.
It is planned to change the homework assignments from answering questions from the
book content to assignments involving problem solving. It is believed that these
assignments will have the students engaged in more critical thinking and effective
communication as well as improved decision-making skills. Assignments involving ‘welding
problems’ similar to what a student would encounter in industry can be developed and
given. These assignments are more comprehensive and challenging and may prove to
be more engaging to the students.
In addition, future program changes planned for the Welding Technology curriculum
will include a new skills certificate which will encourage students to take Math &
English earlier in their college schedule. The completion of Math and English is
expected to make them more likely to succeed in all of their classes. Joseph Meyer,
will be responsible for implementing this action plan.