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Communication Studies, BA/BS

Student Outcomes

Assessment of Student Outcomes

Outcome COM/UG-A Understanding Theory

Students will display knowledge of theory and its relationship to practice.
Objective 1 Describe primary elements of theories so to distinguish them.
Objective 2 Describe how how situated communication practices relate to theories about those practices.

Outcome COM/UG-B Critical Thinking

Students will demonstrate critical thinking as they examine communication artifacts, situations, problems, or issues using relevant communication concepts, theories and perspectives.
Objective 1 Clearly describe a communication artifact, situation, problem, or issue using relevant concepts, theories or perspectives of communication.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Not Yet Achieved
Created rubric for objective

Objective 2 Clearly analyze a communication artifact, situation, problem, or issue via application of relevant concepts, theory, or perspectives.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Not Yet Achieved
Created rubric for objective

2016 Status
Achieved
This was a pilot run of the rubric, using oral presentation or material. While the outcomes are substantive, we are revising the measure and rubric for use of written assignments as well for comparison.

Measure 2

2018 Status
Not Yet Achieved
Created rubric for objective

2016 Status
Achieved
With 73% of students achieving the ranking of 3 (of 5 assessment levels) for this measure in our last report, we find this satisfactory but will be addressing further opportunities for students to practice theory application. We will also examine revising the rubric for use across relevant courses.

Outcome COM/UG-C Communication Skills

Students will display effective communication strategies in oral and written contexts.
Objective 1 Develop and clearly organize content appropriate to an oral or written performance and its intended audience.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
The needed rubric was created. Initial data was collected and analyzed.

Objective 2 Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal presentation skills.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
The needed rubric was created. Initial data was collected and analyzed.

Outcome COM/UG-D Modes of Communication

Students will display an understanding of the key differences between modes of communication (verbal, nonverbal, textual, visual images, electronic) and their implications.
Objective 1 Identify key features associated with different modes of communication.
Objective 2 Understand and explain potential consequences for undertaking communication via different modes.

Outcome COM/UG-E Tolerate Ambiguity

Students will display an awareness of and appreciation of different communicative perspectives regarding the same communicative phenomenon, situation or outcome.
Objective 1 Demonstrate understanding that competing definitions or perspectives on the same issue is part of collective inquiry.

Measure 1

2017 Status
Not Yet Achieved
Survey instrument for self-reports of understanding of the role(s) of contrasting perspectives on communication is currently in development.

Objective 2 Demonstrate how a variety of perspectives contribute to critical examination of a communicative phenomenon, situation or outcome.

Outcome COM/UG-F Ethical Perspectives

Students will display an understanding of the role of ethics in situated communication.
Objective 1 Describe multiple ethical perspectives relevant to communication.

Measure 1

2017 Status
Not Yet Achieved
We will be re-evaluating the rubric used for this measure and collecting new data, since the data previously collected was lost in a house fire.

Objective 2 Demonstrate application of ethical perspectives to a relevant communication situation.
Objective 3 Evaluate and effectively communicate their individual commitments and values.