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Art History, BA

Student Outcomes

Assessment of Student Outcomes

Outcome AHIST:A Contexts for Understanding and Meaning

Students enrolled in art history courses will be able to relate examples of historical and contemporary visual culture to the circumstances of its production
Objective 1 Students enrolled in introductory courses will be able to compare the form and context of two or more thematically related works.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
Since the last reporting cycle, student success in ART 221 has improved by four percentage points from 80% in 2017-2018, to 84% this year, nine percentage above the target.

Outcome AHIST:B Art History Practices

Students enrolled in art history courses will be able to demonstrate their analytical abilities by communicating ideas about topics in art history and visual culture.
Objective 1 Students in ART 495 will be able to successfully synthesize a variety of sources and articulate their conclusions in written work and presentations.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Not Yet Achieved
Since the last reporting cycle, 78% represents an improvement of 2% for students enrolled in the class, and just two percentage points shy of the target.

Measure 2

2018 Status
Achieved
During this assessment cycle students exceeded the 80% threshold set for the writing project with 92% successfully able to meet the objective. This represents an improvement of 14% since 2017-18 evaluation.

Outcome AHIST:C Art History Practices

Students enrolled in art history courses will be able to apply the skills of visual analysis.
Objective 1 Students enrolled in art history courses will be able to apply the tools of visual analysis to support claims and enrich the discussion of context

Measure 1

2019 Status
Not Yet Achieved
This is the first year that data was gathered for this measurement and provides a baseline for future assessment.

Outcome AHIST:D Critical Thinking

Graduates of Art History will use systematic reasoning to examine and evaluate information and ideas and then synthesize conclusions to propose new perspectives and solutions.
Objective 1 Students in ART 323 will be able to demonstrate the skills of critical reading and thinking as it relates to the Renaissance art period.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
Achievements in group presentations for students enrolled in ART 323 Rethinking Renaissance Art, taught winter of 2019, were compared to student achievements with the same assignment when the course was taught winter of 2017. For winter 2019, 90% of the students met the standard of "Satisfies" or "Progressing" in the Critical Thinking rubric. This surpassed the target by 15%.

Outcome AHIST:E Written Communication

Graduates of Art History will be able to write effectively on the role of the art historian for multiple purposes and audiences.
Objective 1 Students in ART 221 will be able to reflect on the role of collection and display of pre-modern works and their contested legacies.

Outcome AHIST:F Information Literacy

Graduates of Art History will be able to identify, access, evaluate, and synthesize multiple forms of information.
Objective 1 Students in ART 222 will be able to identify stylistic and thematic tendencies particular to a variety of periods and cultures.

Outcome AHIST:G Written Communication

Students enrolled in art history courses will be able to write effectively for multiple purposes and audiences.
Objective 1 Students in ART 425 will be able to write about American art and material culture using approaches meant for personal, academic,and non-specialist audiences.

Outcome AHIST:H Integration

Students enrolled in art history courses will be able to identify and apply theoretical approaches when analyzing the visual arts and their contexts.
Objective 1 Art history majors completing their senior thesis requirement will be able to employ theoretical approaches in their projects, as appropriate to the topic.