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Report on Assessment Activity for the calendar year 2002

The Social Sciences and Fine Arts Division offers programs that are organized under three faculty groups: Administration of Justice Studies, Social Sciences (including education and philosophy), and Fine Arts (including computer graphics). In the calendar year 2002, two degrees and one certificate completed a full assessment cycle.

A.A. in Philosophy

Competencies assessed were:

1. Graduates will be able to define philosophical vocabulary.

2. Graduates will be able to define the major historical issues in philosophy.  

3. Graduates will effectively communicate in writing.

Attainment of the competencies was measured by:

1.

an exit exam on vocabulary and historical issues where successful students will score a 70% or higher.

2.

a “word processed” paper that provides a clear, specific thesis. The paper shall contain fully developed examples to support the thesis in a logical, coherent manner that demonstrates original thinking, depth of analysis, and comprehension. Writing samples will receive a score of at least a 70%.

An exit exam was given in May 2002 as a pilot program to one class on the 200 level. 72% (23 out of 33) of the students received a 70% or better in historical issues. 39% (12 out of 33) of the students received a 70% or better.

During Spring 2002, 27 essays were collected from one class on the 200 level.  48% (13 out of 27) of the writing samples received a 70% or better.

The results have been used to improve learning in the following manner:

There is a need to develop a comprehensive vocabulary list that can be used in all classes.

The department also needs to define the major historical issues that are applicable to all philosophy classes that are taught in the department.

There is a need to reinforce good writing styles throughout the philosophy curriculum.

While we only have 3 declared majors who are non-traditional students who hope to complete their degree in the next 3 or 4 years, we decided to measure all students taking a philosophy class.

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