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Criminal Justice, BA/BS

Student Outcomes

Assessment of Student Outcomes

Outcome A Collaboration (undergraduate)

Work together and share the workload equitably to progress toward shared objectives learned through structured activities that occur over a significant period of time.

The General Education objectives associated with this Outcome are listed below. You can use these objectives as is or modify them in the next step in GVAssess.

Students will:

• Successfully follow the group's plan.
• Assess contributions of self and others to the group dynamics.
Objective 23 Collaboration (undergraduate): Work together and share the workload equitably to progress toward shared objectives learned through structured activities that occur over a significant period of time. Students will successfully work well in a team setting in an internship/professional setting

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
Data has been collected and analyzed

Outcome B Critical Thinking (undergraduate)

Use systematic reasoning to examine and evaluate information and ideas and then synthesize conclusions to propose new perspectives and solutions.

The General Education objectives associated with this Outcome are listed below. You can use these objectives as is or modify them in the next step in GVAssess.

Students will:
• Assess relevant information, perspectives and assumptions.
• Construct logical conclusions based on reason and evidence.
• Formulate novel approaches or create innovative interpretations.
• Evaluate the novel approaches or innovative interpretations..
Objective 7 Critical Thinking

Measure 1

2017 Status
Not Yet Achieved
Based on the findings from the 2016 assessment of critical thinking, faculty report that less than 60% of students had scores of 75% or better on the critical thinking rubric.

Measure 2

2016 Status
Achieved
Mean scores for student self-reporting of critical thinking shows that they meet the threshold scores as established by the School of Criminal Justice.

Objective 8 Critical Thinking: Explanations of Issues and Influence of Context and Assumptions

Measure 1

2016 Status
Achieved
This objective has been met: faculty evaluations of student written assignments show that students have developed their critical thinking skills in the context of "explaining issues" and "influence of context and assumptions"

Measure 2

2016 Status
Achieved
Mean scores for student self-reporting of critical thinking in the context of "beliefs and positions" meet the threshold scores as established by the School of Criminal Justice.

Outcome D Information Literacy (undergraduate)

Identify, access, evaluate, and synthesize multiple forms of information.

The General Education objectives associated with this Outcome are listed below. You can use these objectives as is or modify them in the next step in GVAssess.

Students will:
• Articulate the specific information needed.
• Access information using appropriate search tools.
• Evaluate the quality, usefulness, and relevance of the information.
• Ethically communicate synthesized information.
Objective 5 Information Literacy: Knowledge of the CJ System

Measure 1

2017 Status
Achieved
Pre-post test results show a 20% improvement. However, in both the 2015 and 2017 assessment, mean scores at the post-test were below 60/100%. As such, there was an improvement, but the mean scores were in the "D" range.

Measure 2

2017 Status
Achieved
Student performance in this class (and others) is basically a discussion point at many faculty meetings. Faculty have met to discuss best practices in their courses to ensure mastery of knowledge-related information, The SCJ 101 textbook has also been edited and the material found in the text is tied directly to the questions found in this test.

Objective 6 Information Literacy: Knowledge of the CJ Process

Measure 1

2017 Status
Achieved
Major findings show a decrease in the pre=post test scores from 52.7 to 47.8%. Students have a below average understanding of the CJ process coming into teh course. And, they have a below average understanding of the process upon completion of the course.

Measure 2

2017 Status
Achieved
Senior-level criminal justice students are not fully learning and/or retaining key concepts related to process-related elements of the CJ system. At the senior-level, students to date have not demonstrated mastery of process-related information related to the CJ system.

Outcome F Oral Communication (undergraduate)

Effectively communicate verbally with a public audience across a variety of contexts.

The General Education objectives associated with this Outcome are listed below. You can use these objectives as is or modify them in the next step in GVAssess.

Students will:
• Develop content appropriate to the presentation.
• Organize the content in a logical manner appropriate for the intended audience.
• Demonstrate evidence of rehearsal during the formal presentation.
• Demonstrate effective formal presentation skills.
Objective 1 Students will demonstrate effective oral communication in the context of Organization, Presentation Style, and Content in a formal speech/presentation

Measure 1

2017 Status
Achieved
Per the SCJ Assessment Schedule, this objective was measure in Fall semesters 2015 and 2017. In 2015 78.6% scored 75% or better; in 2017, 80.2% scored 75% or better. The threshold score has been met.

Measure 2

2018 Status
Achieved
Measured Fall 2015 - not met measured Fall, 2017 - not met. Based on the high mean scores, the findings suggest that students already possess effective verbal communication skills at the 201 level. Because of these high mean scores at the 201 level, there is a limited amount of improvement at the 400-level.

Objective 2 Students will demonstrate professionalism in oral communications

Measure 1

2017 Status
Achieved
In the Fall 2015 assessment the target was not met. In the Fall 2017, the target was met. This finding shows that senior-level Criminal Justice students have effective oral communication skills in the context of language, grammar and word choice.

Measure 2

2017 Status
Archived
Findings from this measurement show that students the 495 level report above average levels of oral communication skills. There is, however, ho change at the target level (of 20%) between the surveys findings from CJ 201 and CJ 495.

Measure 3

2018 Status
Achieved
Data from employer surveys conducted for the 2015, 2016, and 2017 academic school years show that internship supervisors report that Criminal Justice interns have effective oral communication skills

Outcome H Quantitative Literacy (undergraduate)

Competently and confidently work with numbers.

The General Education objectives associated with this Outcome are listed below. You can use these objectives as is or modify them in the next step in GVAssess.

Students will:
• Interpret information appearing in different forms (e.g., graphs, tables, equations, and text).
• Evaluate assumptions or biases associated with the chosen method.
• Draw valid conclusions based on data analysis and critically evaluate conclusions made by others.
Objective 24 Quantitative Literacy

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
Completed.

Outcome I Written Communication (undergraduate)

Write effectively for multiple purposes and audiences.

The General Education objectives associated with this Outcome are listed below. You can use these objectives as is or modify them in the next step in GVAssess.

Students will:
• Develop content that is appropriate to a specific disciplinary or professional context, drawing upon relevant sources.
• Organize written material to suit the purposes of the document and meet the needs of the intended audience.
• Express ideas using language that meets the needs and expectations of the intended audience.
• Use conventions of grammar, punctuation, usage, formatting, and citation appropriate to the specific writing situation.
Objective 3 Students will demonstrate that they can effective organize and use college-level language in research papers.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
This 2018 self-report survey shows a 3% improvement in scores pre (measured in CJ 201) and post (CJ 482). Compared to the 2016, this shows a slight improvement.

Measure 1

2017 Status
Achieved
Data collection is on schedule. Next scheduled data collection is Fall Semester, 2019

Measure 2

2018 Status
Achieved
Faculty evaluation show that 85% of the students in CJ 482 (a SWS course) are not reaching a combined score of 75% ("C" or average) level of writing, based on the skill categories of organization and langauage and cohesion.

Measure 3

2017 Status
Achieved
Assessments for 2015, 2016, and 2017 show that internship supervisors consistent rank the majority of interns on the "Good" or "Excellent" range.

Objective 4 Students will demonstrate proficiency in the use of grammar and the APA style of citation

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
Since the last assessment in Fall 2016, there has not been an improvement in student self-reported writing skills related to grammar and the use of the APA style. Students showed a slight negative improvement in their writing skills pre and post. In both the pre-and post test measures, students reported below average skills in grammar and the APA style.

Measure 2

2018 Status
Achieved
The 2016 and 2018 assessments show that faculty have not evaluated that 85% of the students have not reached a combined score of 75% on grammar and APA style.