Assessment of Student Learning



Liberal Arts for Human Services Discipline

SPRING, 2000

Phase I.

Unit Mission/Goal(s)

Please state your unit’s mission/goal(s):

1. Provide a firm liberal arts basis for understanding individual human behavior in its social context

2. Provide the liberal arts foundation for professional work in baccalaureate-level human services occupations

3. Prepare students for graduate work in the human services professions

Please describe how your unit mission/goal(s) relate to the institutional mission

It forms an integral part.

 

Student Learning Objectives/Expected Outcomes

Learning Objective 1.

Awareness of the range of knowledge (data and methods) in psychology, sociology, anthropology, and other disciplines that undergird professional functioning in human services.

Expected Outcome 1.

Be able to recognize and generate correctly the concepts and empirical findings of 10 subfields of anthropology, psychology, sociology, and other human-services-related disciplines.

Learning Objective 2.

Competency in translating psychosocial problems into the conceptual terms of the social sciences and communications.

Expected Outcome 2.

Ability to analyze human services problems into their social-process and behavioral components.

Learning Objective 3.

Competency in applying the technical literature in the human services to human services problems.

Expected Outcome 3.

Be able to function as a BA-level professional in a field setting.

Learning Objective 4.

Awareness of ethical issues in the human services.

Expected Outcome 4.

Know ethical and legal constraints and obligations in human services practice.

 

Assessment Methods & Tools

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 1.

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.

Outcome 1

Starting Date for the Implementation:

In Progress

Anticipated Date for the First Results:

In Progress

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 2.

1. Successfully complete Math 1601 or 2601

2. Successfully complete approved internship as assessed by internship field supervisor, journal, and paper.

Outcome 2

Starting Date for the Implementation:

In Progress

Anticipated Date for the First Results:

in Progress

 

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 3.

1. Successfully complete approved internship (as above).

2. Career tracks of graduates (including human services volunteer corps), from career center data.

Outcome 3

Starting Date for the Implementation:

In Progress

Anticipated Date for the First Results:

In Progress

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 4.

Presentation of a paper and other written responses demonstrating satisfactory knowledge of how ethical principles and legal constraints will impact the student's functioning in a postbaccalaureate human-services-related professional position.

Outcome 4

Starting Date for the Implementation:

In Progress

Anticipated Date for the First Results:

In Progress

 

Phase II.

Use of Observed Outcomes and Possible Actions

Please comment on the possible use of the findings of your assessment plan.

(In responding to this question you may want to consider the following issues; how would the results of the assessment be communicated to faculty in you own and other disciplines? how could the results be used to improve the student learning and programs? how could the results produce input to other related processes (e.g., academic and nonacademic planning, curriculum review)? how could the results of the assessment change your unit’s mission/goal(s)? with which other units would you like to share the results of your assessment?)

The LAHS faculty will periodically meet to consider the results of the above assessments and make decisions regarding desirable changes in the program.

Because LAHS is an interdisciplinary major, assessment of learning in particular courses will take place within the respective disciplines that offer those courses.