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Program evaluation in education, Curriculum-based assessment


The large majority of PSU students do not experience UNST as a four-year curriculum. Instead, some enter at the sophomore level and the majority enter as juniors, meaning they experience only three or two years of our curriculum, respectively, and often miss out on the introduction to the program that Freshman or Sophomore Inquiry can provide. A group of faculty convened to try to better understand the experiences and challenges of transfer students as they enter the UNST program. We reviewed enrollment data for transfer students to determine whether new students enroll in the appropriate UNST course and if they do not, whether that seems to matter to future success. We discovered that almost half of transfer sophomores do not enroll in a SINQ course during their first year and that not enrolling in SINQ is related to lower retention rates.