Student Learning Assessment Program Response to Summary Form Undergraduate Programs 2013 Department: Family and Consumer Sciences, Family Services option Level* Comments Learning Objectives Level 2-3, Family Services How, Where, and When Assessed Level 2, Family Services Expectations Level 2-3, Family Services Results Level 2, Family Services Level 3, Family Services Objectives are clear, programmatic, and measurable. As you may know, the University has set a goal that all undergraduate departments adopt at least 3 of the 4 undergraduate goals. This program has elements of two—global citizenship and critical thinking—in objectives 2-5. Although students may be speaking and writing through assignments in courses, the program has not adopted those goals as learning objectives to be assessed through the major. This plan has both direct—exams and coursework—and indirect measures—exit survey, which should provide a good mix of measures. The inclusion of more data collection from the internship experience provides the needed direct assessment for objectives 3 and 4. You may find that exam questions in one course and a couple of survey questions on the exit survey are not as robust as you need for true understanding of student learning. As you mention in Part 3, you may need to add more data points and/or consider if your objectives fully cover the major knowledge and skills you seek for your graduates. It appears that you are using grades for FCS 3853 and I would encourage you to think about a rubric that would make clear what is being assessment and how to allow for comparison across time. Does the PCM require faculty to complete a form or checkbox of some sort? Clarification would be helpful here. Expectations have been established for direct and indirect measures and may be tracked over time. I am pleased to see that you were able to increase your expectations for your student outcomes and still meet them. This shows the attention to rigor that the Provost has asked departments to assure. Results are collected and analyzed. Congratulations on the increase in your survey scores! Feedback loop is in place and seems quite robust. Changes are made to the curriculum for the improvement of student learning. You mentioned moving 2 courses from electives to requirements. What assessment data has led to this change? That kind of specificity is what NCA/HLC will want to see. Category How Results Will Be Used * 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.