Assessment of LAHS
May 8, 2004
This is the 2004 report on assessment of the major in Liberal Arts for the Human Services (LAHS). It is keyed to the goals set for the major set out for the Committee on Assessment of Student Learning in 2000 and posted on the web site http://www.mrs.umn.edu/committees/asl/unit2000/LAHS.html.
1. All students graduating with a major in LAHS have demonstrated their mastery of knowledge in a wide variety of subfields of psychology and of sociology and/or anthropology, and typically also in additional areas related to the provision of human services. This is assured by the distribution requirements of the LAHS major and assessed by examinations whose questions draw on or are patterned after nationally used question banks, as well as papers that demonstrate the relevant kinds of mastery in introductory psychology, sociology, and anthropology.
2a. All students graduating with a major in LAHS have demonstrated a degree of mastery of statistics at the level of introductory statistics.
2b. All students graduating with a major in LAHS have successfully applied the conceptual terms of the social sciences to one or more psychosocial problems as evidenced by their successful completion of an undergraduate internship of 4 or more semester credits in a human-services-related setting. These internships are scrutinized for appropriateness by faculty and approved by the Academic Dean, and they require that students complete them with attestation of satisfactory performance by their field supervisor and approval of a journal and integrative final paper by the faculty supervisor. All LAHS majors must complete this process to graduate.
3. In surveys of students majoring in LAHS and graduating during1975-1998, 73% said their job was in the same field or in one related to their major. This suggests that in the great majority of instances the major is performing its job of preparing graduates for human-services occupations.
4. The LAHS major requires students to demonstrate their knowledge of how ethical principles and legal constraints will impact their functioning in a postbaccalaureate human-services-related professional position.
Examination of our objectives and discussion of faculty experiences has led to the following decisions:
1. To investigate the extent to which LAHS majors pursue programs that are coherent with respect to students' postbaccalaureate objectives.
2. To standardize the instructions for final internship papers to require that they apply concepts of the social sciences to specific psychosocial problems. Although these papers presumably already perform this function, LAHS faculty wished to prevent unforeseen exceptions as a result of varied instructions provided by different LAHS faculty.
Professor of Psychology
Division of Social Sciences
University of Minnesota, Morris
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Morris, MN 56267 USA
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