Submitted Fall, 2006
21 November 2006
Women’s Studies Program
Interim Assessment Report: Women’s Studies 420 sections taught in Summer and Fall 2006
This constitutes the interim assessment for the Women’s Studies Program for the summer and fall of 2006. Information for WS 220 was submitted earlier, this statement will address WS 420.
As of the Fall 2006 semester the Women’s Studies Program has 23 currently enrolled minors, six of these students are presently enrolled in the capstone course, Women’s Studies 420.
This year the plan consists of an assessment examination that will be administered to students in the four sections of WS 420 on the last day of class, a focus group discussion of students enrolled in the senior seminar, and an analysis of the senior seminar papers completed in the summer and fall sessions. Copies of the instruments are appended.
Our assessment plans evaluated designated student learning objectives in the areas of knowledge, skills, and values.
In the summer 2005 semester three students were enrolled in one section of Women’s Studies 420. None of the three completed the course in the summer semesters and all were assigned an Incomplete in the course. Consequently no grades or completed projects were generated for assessment.
In the fall of 2006 four sections of Women’s Studies were offered, one professor resumed instruction of the same three students she had taught the prior semester. Drs. Stephen Glazier (Sociology), Julia Campbell, and Beth Wiersma (both Criminal Justice) all taught one student each. All of the latter three students will complete the course in the Fall 2006 semester and will be assessed using all three instruments.
The assessments will be analysed after the end of the Fall 2006 semester.