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Class of 2024 Senior Assessment

NC State strives for continuous improvement. Assessment of the General Education Competencies, known as the Pack Proficiencies, helps NC State faculty and staff better understand how to support student learning. The Pack Proficiencies include: critical thinking, creative thinking, oral communication, written communication, and quantitative literacy.

This spring, NC State will administer a written communication assessment to graduating seniors. Eligible graduating seniors will be invited by email to complete the assessment between January 29 and February 16. Instructors may also ask students (including non-seniors) to complete the assessment in-class as part of their coursework. All students who complete the assessment will be entered for the chance to win prizes.

All assessment data is reported in aggregate and individual student results are confidential. Students’ performance on the assessment will not affect their grades, class standing, or graduation status. NC State faculty and staff will use the data to make decisions to improve student learning in written communication.


All students who complete the assessment will be entered for the chance to receive prizes including various gift cards and a free Graduation Photoshoot with Mr. Wuf! All prizes are listed below.

Free Graduation Photoshoot with Mr. Wuf

10 lucky students who complete the assessment will have the opportunity to take graduation photos with Mr. Wuf!

Various Gift Cards

All who participate will be entered into a drawing for Amazon e-gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, and more!

Students who volunteer to take the assessment in our first week (January 29 – February 2) will be entered into our Early Assessment drawing of a $25 Amazon e-gift card.

Themed Day Giveaways

The first 25 students who register to complete the assessment on select days will receive NC State swag. Participating dates include:

  • Tuesday, January 30 - Sunglasses
  • Thursday, February 1 - Mini footballs
  • Monday, February 5 - Phone stands
  • Friday, February 9 - Tote bags
  • Friday, February 16 - Mini footballs

Students must show up at the date/time they registered for above to claim the prize.

"NC State has been fundamental to my success. Participating in assessment is my chance to contribute to NC State's success." Check your email for an invitation to the Senior Assessment, January 29 - February 16.
Qualifying students are invited to participate through email notifications.

More Information

NC State uses a scenario-based online instrument to assess how our students are meeting our stated learning outcomes. NC State faculty, under the direction of Chris Anson, developed the written communication assessment instrument. The assessment is not timed, but students may plan to take anywhere from 60-90 minutes to complete it. Students who are eligible to complete the assessment will receive an email with information about how to participate.

Participation in competency assessment is voluntary but highly encouraged. NC State engages in assessment as a process of reflection and continuous improvement. DASA Assessment shares aggregated data with faculty and staff so that they can make their courses and curricula even better. We additionally report on general education competency assessment to our accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Questions about the Pack Proficiencies or competency assessment may be directed to Samantha Rich ( in DASA Assessment.