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Psychology, BA/BS

Student Outcomes

Assessment of Student Outcomes

Outcome PSY A Findings and theories in psychology

Students will be able to identify and apply the major empirical findings and theories of psychology.
Objective 1 Psychology majors will demonstrate a level of knowledge that compares favorably with national norms for psychology majors.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
Psychology major seniors scored in the 54th percentile compared to other seniors at public Midwest universities on the ETS Major Field Test in Psychology.

Objective 2 Students will utilize knowledge from prerequisite courses in advanced courses.
Objective 3 Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of theories and findings in courses.

Measure 3

2019 Status
Achieved
79% of students successfully demonstrated the objective.

2018 Status
Achieved
The percent of students who satisfied the measure exceeded our target in 2018.

Measure 4

2019 Status
Achieved
93% of students achieved the objective of demonstrating knowledge and application of theories.

2018 Status
Achieved
93% of students in PSY 492 successfully achieved the measure

Measure 5

2019 Status
Achieved
88% of students successfully achieved the objective.

2018 Status
Achieved
Students exceeded the threshold for this measure

Outcome PSYBNS B Quantitative reasoning

Students will be able to use quantitative reasoning as a basis for research.
Objective 4 Students will demonstrate the use of preliminary statistical reasoning in a research methods course.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
Students exceeded the threshold value for this measure.

2018 Status
Achieved
80% of students were rated as satisfactory on this measure.

Objective 5 Students will complete a research project in an advanced research methods course that demonstrates the use of statistical reasoning.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
77% of students achieved this objective.

2018 Status
Achieved
The number of students satisfying this measure exceeded the threshold.

Outcome PSYBNS C Oral presentation

Students will demonstrate the ability to present research findings in an oral presentation.
Objective 6 Students will orally present the results of a research project in an advanced research methods course

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
96% of students achieved the objective.

2018 Status
Achieved
We exceeded the threshold for students satisfying this measure.

Objective 7 Students will orally present the results of a research project in a course other than research methods.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
91% of students achieved the objective.

2018 Status
Achieved
We exceeded the threshold value for students orally presenting research findings.

Objective 8 Students will orally present research in professional settings.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
20 students presented research at the psychology department colloquium Student Research Day.

Outcome PSYBNS D Formal writing

Students will be able to utilize formal writing to present and interpret research findings, including APA style.
Objective 10 Students will write a beginning research paper in a beginning research methods course

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
79% of students successfully completed the measure.

2018 Status
Achieved
Students exceeded the threshold value for this measure.

Objective 11 Students will complete a research project in an advanced research methods course that demonstrates formal writing ability.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
85% of students achieved the objective.

2018 Status
Achieved
Students exceeded the threshold value for the measure.

Objective 12 Students will complete formal writing in an advanced course that demonstrates the ability to interpret research.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
94% of students successfully demonstrated performance on the measure.

2018 Status
Achieved
Students exceeded the threshold value for this measure.

Objective 9 Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate information from multiple sources.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
82% of students satisfied the measure in 2019.

2018 Status
Achieved
Students surpassed the threshold set for this measure

Outcome PSYBNS E Scientific research

Students will be actively engaged in scientific inquiry.
Objective 13 Students will complete two or more high quality research projects in courses.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
Students exceeded the threshold value for this measure.

2018 Status
Achieved
Students exceeded the threshold value for this measure.

Measure 2

2019 Status
Achieved
86% of students achieved the objective.

2018 Status
Achieved
Students exceeded the threshold for this measure.

Objective 14 Students will identify potential biases and sources of confounds in research.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
81% of students achieved the goal.

2018 Status
Achieved
Students exceeded the threshold value for the measure.

Measure 2

2019 Status
Achieved
85% of students achieved the objective.

2018 Status
Achieved
Students exceeded the threshold value for the measure.

Measure 3

2019 Status
Achieved
85% of students achieved the objective.

2018 Status
Achieved
Students exceeded the threshold for this measure.

Objective 15 Students will work with faculty members on collaborative research.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
Faculty members reported working collaborating on research with 194 students

Measure 2

2019 Status
Achieved
23 students co-authored a professional paper in a peer-reviewed journal.

Objective 16 Students who wish to pursue graduate education will obtain the necessary experience to be admitted to graduate programs.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
54/56 students for who applied to graduate school and for whom we have survey data were admitted to a graduate program.

Objective 17 Students will participate in local, regional, and national conferences.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
58 students co-authored a presentation at a regional, national, or international conference.

Outcome PSYBNS F Ethical standards

Students will apply sound ethical standards when conducting and interpreting scientific research.
Objective 18 Students will demonstrate understanding of ethical standards in scientific writing in research methods.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
94% of students achieved the measure in 2019.

2019 Status
Achieved
99% of students achieved the objective

2018 Status
Achieved
Students exceeded the threshold value for the measure.

Measure 2

2019 Status
Achieved
99% of students satisfactorily demonstrated competence on the measure.

2018 Status
Achieved
Students exceeded the threshold value for the measure.

Objective 19 Students will demonstrate understanding of ethical standards in scientific writing in an advanced course.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
95% of students achieved the objective.

2018 Status
Achieved
Students exceeded the threshold for the measure.

Outcome PSYBNS G Information Literacy (undergraduate)

Students will be able to identify, access, evaluate, and synthesize multiple forms of information.
Objective 20 Students will demonstrate information literacy skills in a beginning research methods course.