NPS Capstone Assessment Program
The objective of the capstone experience at NPS is to be a culminating learning event integrating earlier components of students’ programs, and requiring original, analytical and critical thinking. The capstone in NPS’ programs is typically a thesis, although some programs use a capstone project, either individual or team-based. Within the NPS’ Capstone Assessment Program, all departments and programs conduct formal thesis/capstone assessments for the purpose of assessing program learning outcomes and initiating program improvement.
A largely common, campus-wide, general approach to capstone assessment is in place, modeled on the methods employed by early adopting departments (ECE, MAE, SE, OR). This common approach uses a formal capstone assessment online tool and rubric to assess the capstone against identified program outcomes, using both qualitative and quantitative measures.
The assessment results collected with the NPS CAP Instrument are distributed back to the academic units to be incorporated into program review processes. The departments using their own instruments report results to Academic Affairs for inclusion in NPS’ summary reporting of capstone assessment results and is available at the links listed below.
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