Research Skills Assessment Results


Student Performance by Competency Category

(Percentage of Students Correctly Answering
Questions in a Particular Category)

Category 2006 2005 2004
Defining Research Needs 81% 95% 91%
Accessing Information 68% 65% 63%
Locating Relevant Information 79% 80% 81%
Critically Evaluating Information 67% 73% 73%
Employing Ethical Principles 87% 85% 41%


2006 Research Skills Assessment Questions

Please click on the question number in order to see question text. Please note that specific questions are revised as necessary each year due to assessment results. Currently, some of the 2006 data is under review as initial data analysis revealed some statistical reliability issues that need to be investigated further (indicated by the term "reviewing").

Question
Competency
%
Correct:
2006

% Correct: 2005

% Correct: 2004
3
Accessing Information
52% 51% 48%
4
Accessing Information
66% 69% 67%
5
Accessing Information
74% n/a n/a
6
Accessing Information
58% 66% 67%
7
Accessing Information
54% 59% 79%
8
Accessing Information
91% 94% 91%
9
Accessing Information
79% 79% 68%
10
Critically Evaluating Information
reviewing 89% 72%
11
Locating Relevant Information*
91% 93% 96%
12
Locating Relevant Information*
85% 80% 87%
13
Locating Relevant Information*
98% 96% 95%
14
Locating Relevant Information*
99% 99% 95%
15
Locating Relevant Information
50% 52% 52%
16
Locating Relevant Information
83% 83% 91%
17
Locating Relevant Information
55% 59% 48%
18
Critically Evaluating Information
reviewing 58% 87%
19
Critically Evaluating Information
71% 67% 66%
20
Critically Evaluating Information
76% 75% 78%
21
Critically Evaluating Information
65% 66% 65%
22
Defining Research Needs
76% 90% 91%
23
Critically Evaluating Information
reviewing 79% 75%
24
Critically Evaluating Information
reviewing 86% 65%
25
Employing Ethical Principles
reviewing 99% 41%
26
Accessing Information
reviewing 83% 68%
29
Defining Research Needs
96% 94% n/a
30
Critically Evaluating Information
57% 63% n/a
31
Defining Research Needs
reviewing 100% n/a
32
Employing Ethical Principles
86% 69% n/a
33
Employing Ethical Principles
87% 88% n/a
34
Locating Relevant Information
68% n/a n/a
35
Defining Research Needs
72% n/a n/a