Assessment of Student Learning



Economics Discipline




Unit Mission/Goal(s)

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

The mission of the economics program is to develop in students an understanding of the functioning of the economic system and have an ability to critically evaluate alternative techniques intended to increase economic efficiency and equity.

 

Student Learning Objectives/Expected Outcomes

Learning Objective 1.

Economics students will understand the nature and functioning of the market system.

Expected Outcome 1.

Economics students will be able to identify the role of supply and demand in a market economy and the necessary conditions for market economies to function well.

Learning Objective 2.

Economics students will be able to define criteria for assessing efficiency in the provision of goods and services.

Expected Outcome 2.

Economics students will be able to discuss the efficiency advantages of a market system and the role of prices in achieving efficiency.

Learning Objective 3.

Economics students will investigate and assess the operation of economic institutions.

Expected Outcome 3.

Economics students will have a working understanding of the economic role of government, the Federal Reserve, fractional reserve banking, and market structure.

Learning Objective 4.

Economics students be able to evaluate alternative policies intended to enhance economic outcomes.

Expected Outcome 4.

Economics students will be able to identify policy options and assess the likelihood they would improve economic growth, efficiency and equity.

Learning Objective 5.

Economics students will develop competence in quantitative methods and computing methods.

Expected Outcome 5.

Economics students will be able to demonstrate their ability to define and analyze economic problems using calculus and advanced statistical methods.

 

Learning Objective 6.

Economics students will be able to conceptualize and analyze problems using the tools of economic theory and communicate the results.

 

Expected Outcome 6.

Economics students will be able to demonstrate their ability to apply economic theory to a range of economic problems and effectively communicate their analysis.

Learning Objective 7

Economics students will be competent in oral and written communication.

Expected Outcome 7

Economics students will be able to demonstrate their ability to effectively state and defend propositions in economics.

Learning Objective 8

Economics students will be adequately prepared for graduate or professional school.

Expected Outcome 8.

Economics students will have sufficient training to be admitted to competitive graduate programs.

 

Assessment Methods & Tools

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

Course examinations, group projects, written assignments in courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics

Outcome 1

Starting Date for the Implementation

 

Anticipated Date for the First Results:

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

Course examinations, group projects, problem solving and written assignments in courses in microeconomics and applied microeconomics

Outcome 2

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

Course examinations, group projects, written assignments in courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics

Outcome 3

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Anticipated Date for the First Results:

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

Course examinations, group projects, written assignments in courses in macroeconomics and applied macroeconomics;

debates over macroeconomics issues

Outcome 4

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Anticipated Date for the First Results:

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 5.

Course examinations, group projects, written assignments in courses in macroeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics

Outcome 5

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Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 6.

Course examinations, group projects, written assignments in courses in advanced economics elective courses; presentations of results to economics majors in the required senior seminar

Outcome 6

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Anticipated Date for the First Results:

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 7.

Course examinations, debates over macroeconomics issues, group projects, written assignments in advanced economics elective courses; presentations of results to economics majors in the required senior seminar

Outcome 7

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Anticipated Date for the First Results:

Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 8.

University surveys of graduates

Outcome 8

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