Student Learning Assessment Program Response to Summary Form Undergraduate Program 2013 Department: Sociology/Anthropology Category Learning Objectives Level 2, B.A. Sociology How, Where, and When Assessed Level 1-2, B.A. Sociology Expectations Results * Level* Level 1-2, B.A. Sociology Level 2, B.A. Sociology Comments Objectives are clear, measurable, and programmatic. Three of the undergraduate learning goals have been adopted by the department: writing, critical thinking, and global citizenship. Since you are basically starting over, you are at the beginning of the assessment process with identifying where you can assess and you have started with specific courses and assignments, which is a good start. As your plan evolves you may want to consider ways to make data collection, storage, and retrieval as easy as possible. CATS has worked with several departments to build a customized storage/assessment on-line process that departments report being very happy with (CDS, Rec Admin, PSY), so you may want to consider that. Multiple points and varied assignments for each objective are good; you will also want to have data that you can compare from year to year, so a rubric applied to selected artifacts or a survey may work well. Some kind of baseline assignment and/or survey that you can disseminate in SOC 2000 and gain in SOC 4900 would work well to show that growth. A survey could assess attitudes and an assignment could give you a skill basis (writing/critical thinking—perhaps in the form of a book review or other kind of paper). Think about using rubrics or a list of criteria here rather than grades because grades are often a result of multiple aspects of an assignment rather than just the objective you are seeking to assess—unless you are simply looking for a percent correct. As expectations progress, many departments have found it useful to have a percentage of students that meet, exceed and do not exceed expectations at the various levels. Results are reported. It is a good idea to report numbers of students represented by the percentages. What do your results tell you? As you continue to revise your plan, this section should offer not only the results themselves but analysis of the data. What have you learned about student attainment of learning outcomes? Levels should not be interpreted as grades or scores; they are stages of implementation based on patterns of characteristics described by North Central Association/Higher Learning Commission. These levels are approximations based on the information provided in the summaries. Please refer to the checklist on the assessment web site (www.eiu.edu/~assess) for the Primary Traits listed for each level. How Results Will be Used Level 2, B.A. Sociology What is working well? What could be impved? The new assessment committee has had a busy year, and its work on re-evaluating the objectives and the purpose of assessment of student learning was a good approach to take. Asking all faculty to contribute through comments on the objectives, the plan itself, and the artifacts collected was a good way to involve everyone in the process and appears to have been effective.