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Liberal Studies, BA/BS

Student Outcomes

Assessment of Student Outcomes

Outcome F LIB-A: Demonstrate the ability to engage in perspective-taking

Student is able to connect relevant experience and academic knowledge.
Objective 13 LIB - Provide leadership in liberal and general education regionally, nationally, and globally.
Objective 8 LIB - Promote and develop integrative, interdisciplinary teaching, learning, and scholarship culminating in community engagement and diversity of practices.

Outcome G LIB-B: Integrate knowledge and modes of thinking drawn from two or more disciplines

Student is able to make connections across disciplines.
Objective 11 LIB - Enable students to develop individualized curriculum plans focused on academic and career goals.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
We have achieved this goal for the second consecutive academic year. While we will continue emphasize the teaching of writing among faculty we plan to archive this goal and concentrate our assessment on other learning outcomes for AY2019-2020.

2017 Status
Achieved
We have achieved or exceeded our target. The assessment committee will continue to work with the regular faculty to align learning activities for this assignment with assessment, to facilitate discussions among faculty to foster innovative methods for teaching content related to this SLO.

2016 Status
Achieved
Measure 1 of 2: We assessed the program wide assignments from LIB 311 and LIB 312, the integrative statement. For this measure we compiled our assessment data on the rubric for those courses. We then compared these current findings with our last self study complete in the Fall of 2015. Students who complete LIB 311/312 will be considered proficient at the “Target/competent” level when they score an average of 3 on the rubric. Students who complete the LIB 495 course should attain “Mastery” between 3 and 4 on the appropriate rubric.

Measure 2

2018 Status
Achieved
We have achieved this goal for the second consecutive academic year. While we will continue emphasize the teaching of writing among faculty we plan to archive this goal and concentrate our assessment on other learning outcomes for AY2019-2020.

2017 Status
Achieved
We have achieved or exceeded our target. The assessment committee will continue to work with the regular faculty to align learning activities for this assignment with assessment, to facilitate discussions among faculty to foster innovative methods for teaching content related to this SLO.

2016 Status
Achieved
Measure 1 of 2: We assessed the program wide assignments from LIB 311 and LIB 312, the integrative statement. For this measure we compiled our assessment data on the rubric for those courses. We then compared these current findings with our last self study complete in the Fall of 2015. Students who complete LIB 311/312 will be considered proficient at the “Target/competent” level when they score an average of 3 on the rubric. Students who complete the LIB 495 course should attain “Mastery” between 3 and 4 on the appropriate rubric.

Measure 3

2018 Status
Achieved
We have achieved this goal for the second consecutive academic year. While we will continue emphasize the teaching of writing among faculty we plan to archive this goal and concentrate our assessment on other learning outcomes for AY2019-2020.

2017 Status
Achieved
We have achieved or exceeded our target. The assessment committee will continue to work with the regular faculty to align learning activities for this assignment with assessment, to facilitate discussions among faculty to foster innovative methods for teaching content related to this SLO.

2016 Status
Achieved
We assessed the program wide assignments from LIB 495, the integrative statement. For this measure we compiled our assessment data on the rubric for that class. We then compared these current findings with our last self study complete in the Fall of 2015.

Outcome H LIB-C: Produce an interdisciplinary understanding of a complex problem

Students should be able to demonstrate that they can produce an interdisciplinary understanding of a complex problem or intellectual question.
Objective 7 LIB: Cultivate relationships across disciplines in order to deepen commitments to interdisciplinary, integration, and liberal learning.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
Students' demonstrated a strong ability to articulate integration of problems, concepts, academic disciplines, and research tools in this year's assessment. We see this as evidence that our work to continually improve our work as instructors to provide instruction that closely connects to and supports the core SLOs of our department has been successful as well.

2017 Status
Not Yet Achieved
While a majority of our students ultimately achieved what we view as mastery of this SLO, it is evident that many students (especially at the early level) continue to struggle to articulate integration of problems, concepts, academic disciplines, research tools, etc. Interdisciplinarity and integration are key goals in our courses, requiring careful planning for improvement. We will continue to consistently engage faculty in discussions about best teaching practices for the learning activities closely connected to the SLOs our department has identified as being central to our mission and strategic plan.

2016 Status
Not Yet Achieved
The assignments assessed for these measures were collected between Fall 2015 through Fall 2016. We assessed 19 program wide assignments, the literature review.

Measure 2

2018 Status
Achieved
Students' demonstrated a strong ability to articulate integration of problems, concepts, academic disciplines, and research tools in this year's assessment. We see this as evidence that our work to continually improve our work as instructors to provide instruction that closely connects to and supports the core SLOs of our department has been successful as well.

2017 Status
Not Yet Achieved
While a majority of our students ultimately achieved what we view as mastery of this SLO, it is evident that many students (especially at the early level) continue to struggle to articulate integration of problems, concepts, academic disciplines, research tools, etc. Interdisciplinarity and integration are key goals in our courses, requiring careful planning for improvement. We will continue to consistently engage faculty in discussions about best teaching practices for the learning activities closely connected to the SLOs our department has identified as being central to our mission and strategic plan.

2016 Status
Not Yet Achieved
We assessed a total of 69 senior thesis assignments for this measure.

Outcome I LIB-D: Demonstrate application of classroom knowledge to real-world problems

Students are able to demonstrate that they are able to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world problems, questions, and/or applications.
Objective 14 LIB - Model and promote applied sustainability in curricular and programmatic practices
Objective 9 LIB - Connect community partners, businesses, non-profits, faculty, staff, and students to address local and global issues.

Outcome J LIB-E: Demonstrate advanced critical thinking skills

Students should be able to demonstrate advanced critical thinking skills at levels required for effective performance in professional and other social or cultural contexts.
Objective 12 LIB - Foster student research through experiential learning and collaborative student-faculty research.

Outcome L LIB-G: Demonstrate intercultural understanding.

Students demonstrate intercultural understanding by identifying intersections of socially and culturally constructed identities and effects of unearned privilege and systems of discrimination.
Objective 10 LIB - Engage with students to promote diversity and equity where structural inequalities exist.

Measure 3

2018 Status
Not Yet Achieved
Faculty began integrating the program-wide assignment into their teaching of LIB 400 and LIB 401 for the first time in Fall 2018. We assessed a subset of artifacts collected from those courses to determine baseline for assessing mastery of these core learning outcomes, with the goal of being able to strengthen instruction of the core learning outcomes.

Measure 4

2018 Status
Not Yet Achieved
Faculty began integrating the program-wide assignment into their teaching of LIB 400 and LIB 401 for the first time in Fall 2018. We assessed a subset of artifacts collected from those courses to determine baseline for assessing mastery of these core learning outcomes, with the goal of being able to strengthen instruction of the core learning outcomes.