Submitted Spring, 2004
Clinic, Field Placement, and Student Teaching Evaluation
(Objectives 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Each semester clinic and field supervisors complete an evaluation of students under their supervision.
Clinic Evaluations: Each student (both undergraduates and graduates) enrolled in clinical practicum is evaluated based on performance in evaluation and treatment of clients with communication disorders. The grading scale recognizes that students new to clinical practice need more guidance and do not perform as well as students about to leave the program. Therefore, as a student progresses through practicum assignments, they are expected to score higher and higher on the scale in order to maintain an acceptable grade.
- 1st Semester Undergraduates - 7 undergraduates were assessed. A score of 3.05 or better is required in order to pass. The scores ranged from 3.25 to 6.15 with an average of 4.32.
2nd Semester Undergraduates - 7 undergraduates were assessed. A score of 3.80 or better is required in order to pass. The scores ranged from 3.950 to 6.25 with an average of 4.55.
1st Semester Graduate - 13 graduate students were assessed. A score of 5.0 or better is required in order to pass. The scores ranged from 5.75 to 7.50 with an average of 6.10.
2nd Semester Graduate - 14 graduate students were assessed. A score of 5.35 or better is required in order to pass. The scores ranged from 5.70 to 7.75 with an average of 6.35.
3rd Semester Graduate - 10 graduate students were assessed. A score of 5.75 or better is required to pass. The scores ranged from 6.50 to 8.50 with an average of 7.45.
4th Semester Graduate - 9 graduate students were assessed. A score of 6.50 or better is required in order to pass. The scores ranged from 7.50 to 9.00 with an average of 8.45.
Field Placement and Student Teaching Evaluations: During her/his last semester (fifth) of graduate study, each student must complete two internship placements, one in a clinical or hospital setting and the other in a public school setting. The site supervisors completed a survey evaluating the performance of the students who interned in their place of employment. Students were assessed on a scale from 2-Minimally competent to 5 - Extremely competent with a 1 for Not applicable. Students were rated in fifteen areas with a possible high score of 75 and a score of 60 is required in order to pass.
Nine students were assessed and each student was assessed twice, once in each setting, yielding 18 completed evaluations. Scores ranged from 65 to 75 with an average score of 72.5.
These performance assessments allow for feedback to the students and the faculty members as to whether the learning objectives were being met and if there was a need for program changes. Department members are in agreement that this assessment adequately measures knowledge base and clinical skills of our students.
At the bottom of each form is a section for comments from supervisors. Analysis of these comments indicates that no major deficiencies were noted with our student interns, although they feel that our students need more experience in developing long-term treatment goals. Recommendations from the supervisors included provision of more information about caseload management, more work with behavior techniques, and more practice writing treatment goals. The faculty will modify clinical practicum requirements to reflect these recommendations.