The UAP collects direct evidence in Reading, Writing, Critical Thinking, and Quantitative Reasoning covering the GAs of Communication, Creativity and Skills. Two instruments are adopted – Educational Testing Service (ETS) Proficiency Profile (ETS Proficiency Profile) and Academic Proficiency Profile (APP).
As long as it has further developed over the one decade since AY2012/13, the UAP has gained more recognition from our faculty and staff members. Its role in monitoring student achievement in relevant GAs of Whole Person Education was also recognised by the UGC Quality Assurance Council (UGC-QAC) Audit Panel in its Report of the Second Audit Cycle on HKBU (https://www.ugc.edu.hk/doc/eng/qac/report/hkbu201602e.pdf).
The UAP is conducted as an assessment instrument outside the curriculum for the first, second and final year students of each cohort to enable longitudinal tracking of their performance in the aforesaid GAs. By completing the UAP in each phase, students can track their progress and make use of the results to improve their learning and prepare for their careers.
- The Phase One is undertaken before students’ commencement of their studies at HKBU (i.e., Yr0) for students from both First-Year First-Degree (FYFD) and Senior Year Admission (SYA) to gauge their baseline academic level.
- The Phase Two is conducted in the second year to measure students’ learning progress at the mid-point of their undergraduate studies. However, this is not applicable to SYA students whose studies only last two years.
- The Phase Three is implemented at the end of students’ final year studies and covers both FYFD and SYA students.
As mentioned above, there are two instruments adopted for the UAP – (1) ETS Proficiency Profile and (2) Academic Proficiency Profile (APP).
Developed in the US and widely adopted by institutions in North America, adoption of ETS Proficiency Profile facilitates the University to benchmark with institutions from the US and other parts of the world. The APP is an in-house assessment instrument developed by HKBU based on the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government’s Common Recruitment Examination (HKSAR CRE) to cater for local context in teaching and learning.
Adoption of these two instruments demonstrates HKBU’s determination in attempting to ensure the comparability of its education provisions with those inside Hong Kong and across the globe.
Why does UAP matter to students?
- Individual score reports are provided to each participating student, and facilitate their evaluation of own performance related to their peers.
- The results are useful for students to plan and develop their academic specialties and generic skills.
- The results also allow students to track their own learning as they progress in their studies.
Why does UAP matter to University?
- Student participation will provide indispensable data for the University to continuously improve its learning and teaching and other related support for students.
- The data analytics generated could furnish the University with credible evidence to assist in ascertaining the values of HKBU’s education.