Submitted Fall, 2006
Annual assessment of Criminal Justice Department
October 1, 2006
Submitted by: Joseph Carlson
The Criminal Justice department assessment plan submitted in November 2002 identified five program goals to be assessed. These five goals specified that students who majored in Criminal Justice would be able to do the following:
Goal 1: gain employment within criminal justice career fields;
Goal 2: demonstrate professional conduct in selected areas of law enforcement, institutional corrections, probation, parole, private security, and courts;
Goal 3: demonstrate skills and values necessary to relate to a diverse group of clients within the criminal justice system;
Goal 4: demonstrate initiative skills and clear writing within the criminal justice field; and
Goal 5: demonstrate knowledge that they understand crime, criminal offenders, and the basic values of the criminal justice system.
Assessment Tools and Criteria
Three tools were initially identified to assess these goals, which include a five-year survey of alumni, selected questions from student intern evaluations, and a mandatory test completed by senior level students. This test was given to students during school year 2005-2006, however, in a meeting as a department faculty on June 6, 2006, it was deemed by all faculty to be an unfit test for evaluation. It was agreed that we would not tabulate the results and would meet on June 20th to develop a test for UNK CJ graduates that will be used at the end of Fall 2006. The intern evaluation is completed by the student’s field supervisor. Each goal is assessed by one, two or all three of the assessment tools. The selected questions from the student intern evaluations include:
Question 4: Student handles oneself in a professional manner
Question 5: Executes work duties efficiently
Question 6: Adapts to rules and procedures of the agency
Question 8: Ability to relate to clients
Question 11: quality of written work
Question 12: Skill in integrating education knowledge with practical application
Question 13: Student self-reliance and use of initiative
The criteria for those goals utilizing the student intern evaluation questions is that 80% of students will score a seven or better on a 10 point Likert scale. The criteria for goal 5 utilizing the mandatory test, is that students will achieve a score of 70% on the test.
Goal 1 is assessed using a five-year alumni survey. This survey was conducted in 2002 and will be completed again in 2007.
Goal 2 is assessed utilizing questions 4, 5, and 6 from the student intern evaluation. Forty student interns (Spring 2005 through and including Spring 2006) were evaluated. The range of scores on question 4 addressing the student acting in a professional manner was 6-10. Two of 40 students scored below a 7 on either question 5 or 6. On question 5, 100% scored 7 or better, question 5 and 6 it was 97.5% who scored 7 or better. If 8 had been the satisfactory evaluation score in lieu of 7, the percentages meeting that criteria for the three questions would have been, 97.5%, 90% and 92.5%.
Goal 3 is assessed using question 8 from the student intern evaluation. This question addresses the student’s ability to relate to clients. One student scored below seven. Of the 40 students who were scored, 39 or 97.5% scored at 7 or above. The range of scores was 5-10.
Goal 4 is assessed utilizing questions 11 and 13 on the student intern evaluation. Question 11 addresses the quality of the student’s written work and question 13 addresses the student’s ability for self-reliance and use of initiative. On each of the questions one student received below a 7 score. Thirty-eight (97.5%) of the 40 students scored received a rating of seven or above. If the score had been a required 8, on question 11, then 87.5% would have met that requirement.
Goal 5 is assessed using the five-year alumni survey, question 12 from the student intern evaluation and a mandatory test given to senior level students. All 40 students received a rating of 7 or above. If 8 had been the required score, then thirty-six of 40 students received a rating of 8 or above on question 12 of the student intern evaluation assessing the student’s skill in integrating education knowledge with practical application.
All the students completed the mandatory test given to senior level students but due to the deemed poor quality of the test, it is being replaced. The five-year alumni survey is not included in this assessment and will be conducted again in 2007.
The assessment criteria for those goals utilizing the student intern evaluation are that 80% of student interns will score seven or better on a 10 point Likert scale. One hundred percent of those students rated on questions 4, 11 and 12 received a score of seven or better. There was a 97.5% score rate of seven or above on the other questions. The performance criteria set out by the Criminal Justice Department assessment plan was achieved and exceeded for assessment goals 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Goal 5 will be assessed using a mandatory test in addition to question 12 on the student intern evaluation starting again in the Fall of 2007. Work on either developing the test will begin in the spring of 2007 or we will use a pilot study of a standardized test by ACAT at the end of Fall 2006 or Spring 2007.