Social Science Education

Social Science Education Bachelor of Arts Program
April 23, 2008
(Carol Herringer, Director)
I: Objectives
1. Pass Praxis II (academic content knowledge) test
2. Enter graduate school to complete professional licensure requirements
3. Obtain Ohio Integrated Social Studies licensure (7-12)
II: Identification of Objectives Achievement
1. Praxis II test passing rate
2. Graduate school admission rate
3. Licensure achievement rate
4. Quadrennial Alumni surveys
III: Learning Outcomes
1. Command of core knowledge in American, European and non-western history
2. Command of core knowledge in American, international and comparative
politics and governments
3. Command of core geographic knowledge
4. Command of core knowledge in micro and macroeconomics
5. Command of core knowledge in individual and social psychology
6. Command of core sociological concepts
7. Appreciation for the values of cultural diversity in social life
IV: Measures of Learning Outcomes
1. Praxis II test scores measuring overall social science knowledge
2. Disaggregated Praxis II test results to measure and compare achievement
by standardized test results in specific areas of social science preparation
3. Comparison of Wright State University social science education student
scores on Praxis II test with student scores in all social science education
programs in Ohio to establish comparative institutional norms
4. Building database of Praxis II test scores showing changes and trends
over time to measure rate of improvement (or lack thereof)
V: How Learning Outcomes are Made Measurable
1. 90% of WSU social science education graduates pass Praxis II test
2. 90% of WSU social science education graduates pass each component of
Praxis II test with a minimum score of 75%
3. 90% of WSU social science education graduates achieve an overall GPA of
VI: Process by Which Findings Will be Derived from Measures
1. Social Science Education Advisory Committee will annually assess all
performance measure outcomes to determine areas of program weakness
2. Social Science Education Advisory Committee will identify and
recommend implementation of remedial measures to correct deficiencies
VII: Process by Which Findings are Analyzed to Determine What Improvements
Are Necessary to Better Meet Objectives and Learning Outcomes
1. Each social science department providing support curriculum notified of
findings from assessment of the learning outcomes and invited
to contribute solutions to performance problems
VIII: Timetable for Assessment
1. Annual: Review of Praxis II test passing rate
2. Annual: Review of disaggregated Praxis II test scores
3. Annual: Review graduate program acceptance rate
4. Biennial: Comparison of WSU social science education students’ aggregate
passing rate to student passing rates at all Ohio social science education
programs beginning 2007
5. Quadrennial: Survey of employer satisfaction beginning 2007
IX: How Program Assessment Supports Accreditation and Licensure Requirements
1. Objectives (#1), Learning Outcomes (#3), Measures of Learning Outcomes (#4)
are directly linked to content standards for future Integrated Social Studies
Licensure for secondary level (7-12) social studies teachers in Ohio.
X: How Program Objectives and Program Learning Outcomes will be
Communicated to Students and Others
1. Fliers outlining program requirements and goals distributed to students, parents
of students and high schools designated as prime recruiting markets
2. Check sheets used to advise students
3. Undergraduate catalog program description
4. Welcoming letters to students following admission to the program
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