General Studies Assessment Plan 2006-2007
Department Name: Department of Sociology, Geography and Earth Science
GS Courses and GS Objectives
SOC 100 GS Introduction to Sociology
SOC 124 GS Social Problems
SOC 250 GS Anthropology
- demonstrate an understanding of human experiences and be able to relate them to the present,
- demonstrate the ability to understand the application of the empirical research methods used in the social sciences to understand individual behavior as well as the interrelationships among people,
- demonstrate the ability to comprehend how social scientific concepts originate, are validated and refined within a variety of social science disciplines,
- demonstrate the ability to evaluate the strengths and limitations of the social sciences and the explanations they offer for contemporary life.
As indicated by the attachment we have selected multiple choice questions to measure the goals. If students can correctly answer the questions, they demonstrate the acquisition of the concomitant goal. The criteria for accomplishing the goal will be met if 70% of students can identify the correct answer.
The instruments are attached.
Assessment Schedule and Sampling
- In the fall of 2006, standardized instruments composed of multiple choice questions will be collectively developed by the faculty for Introduction to Sociology and Social Problems.
- All sections of Introduction to Sociology and Social Problems will have a pre and posttest distributed.
- Data will be collected in the spring 2007.
- A draft of the assessment report will be written after the end of the fall semester.
- Faculty will meet before October 1 to discuss the draft. In addition to the results the draft will include actionable items for improvement. In the meeting to address the draft the report will be used to list the issues that need to be addressed before the spring 2008 semester.
- Complete the 2006-2007 GS Assessment report.
- October-November faculty will meet to discuss the outcomes for the previous year, construct plans of action, and make adjustments to the process.
Previous Plan, Replaced Fall 2007