Student Achievement Assessment Committee
Best of 1999, Assessment Highlights
Here are some of the 1998-1999 assessment reports that the Assessment Committee wishes to bring to your attention. They are briefly described here, and the links take you to complete copies of the reports.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration BSBA students must complete 17 core courses, and specialize by taking an additional five to eight junior and senior level courses in any of 16 specializations. A college-wide committee assesses the BSBA program using a combination of surveys (freshmen, seniors, alumni, co-op employers), capstone course performance measures, faculty evaluations, and interviews with faculty in prerequisite programs (e.g., Math, IPC). Many curricular requirements have been revised, and a new freshman course in business has been introduced.
Department of Economics This report describes extensive and intensive work to assess student learning in problem solving, writing, critical thinking, and moral reasoning. It describes a model assessment process much more concretely and specifically than is usual in assessment reports, and for that reason it can be particularly helpful in showing the way for other programs.
Department of Mathematics and Statistics Program Review occurs at BGSU on a seven year cycle. Having just completed that cycle, the report from Mathematics and Statistics includes a large portion of the information submitted in its Program Review Self-Study. It also contains an interesting section about the need to integrate assessment more closely into the many activities of departments.
College of Musical Arts CMA has a large, multifaceted assessment program, well described in this report. Of particular interest is an entry test for knowledge of music theory. Its use during recruitment, O-Reg, and other campus visits has allowed students to test out of a remedial music theory class, one which necessarily delays normal progress toward a degree. Study materials and re-testing are available as needed. A year ago, 80 students had to take the course, but with the implementation of the screening assessment and its supporting policies, this year the course was required of only 30 students.
Department of Physics and Astronomy The main contribution of this report, which is a combination of documents from Program Review and Assessment, is the presentation and analysis of student achievement on a national test, along with recommendations on strengthening pedagogy in physics.
Department of Popular Culture This report presents the departments learning outcomes, and then describes assessments relating to them at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Of special interest is the assessment of papers submitted by students who had been nominated for the department's two undergraduate awards.
Department of Sociology The Sociology Department has involved the same external reviewer for several years in assessing the written work of its seniors. This report gives a retrospective of the findings presented in previous assessment reports, and changes made in the curriculum and department over the years. It contains a particularly thoughtful discussion of what can be learned from assessment.