California Baptist University

Direct Assessment to Demonstrate Student Performance

Institutional  Profile

logo_cbuFounded in 1950, California Baptist University is affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention and is fully accredited. CBU is the only Southern Baptist college or university on the West Coast. CBU is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Currently, LiveText is used by the institution to meet WASC accreditation guidelines, as well as by the School of Education and School of Christian Ministries.

Key Challenges

California Baptist University sought to collect institutional assessment data and program-level accreditation data more effectively. Before LiveText, the process of collecting assessment data was much harder and mainly relied on survey and indirect evidence. The institution also faced other challenges in implementing student portfolios within the School of Education and School of Christian Ministries.


LiveText is used on this campus to make the assessment process easier. LiveText allows program coordinators to demonstrate measurable evidence of how students are improving over time, and as an institution, CBU uses LiveText to collect data for WASC accreditation.

The School of Education uses LiveText to collect assessment data for program outcomes, which contributes to the institutional assessment data used to demonstrate meeting WASC accreditation guidelines, as well as the Education program’s CTC accreditation.

In the School of Christian Ministries Philosophy program, LiveText is used extensively in the text-heavy courses where students write a lot of essays. Students do all of their course submissions within LiveText, and instructors are able to assess these students using course-embedded rubrics. The course-embedded rubrics in LiveText make it clear to students what is expected in these courses.

The School of Christian Ministries requires each student to create and submit an e-Portfolio that is used to collect assessment data based on the program’s Student Outcomes. Required e-Portfolios contain key artifacts that are used to collect assessment data in specific areas, and faculty members are able to communicate feedback to students about the quality of their work. Students can self-assess their myriad assignments and have a permanent digital copy of their portfolios, which they then can share with graduate schools or potential employers using the LiveText Visitor Pass feature.

The data collected by programs is used as a foundation for the University’s Annual Program report.

“LiveText is so much more than a portfolio management system; it is a system that supports teaching and learning at all levels.”

Dr. DawnEllen Jacobs
Vice Provost
California Baptist University

“LiveText has provided a valuable tool for assessing student learning that actually serves the learning process.”

Dr. Scott B. Key
Professor of Philosophy
School of Christian Ministries
California Baptist University