Management Discipline Assessment 2006-2007


Scope of assessment activities

         ___√__Course-embedded assessment

                     ___√___ Pre- and post-testing

         ______ Outside the classroom

         ______ Across the discipline

Direct measures of student learning

         ______ Capstone experience

         ______ Portfolio assessment

         ______ Standardized tests

         ______ Performance on national licensure, certification or

                     preprofessional exams

         ______ Qualitative internal and external juried review of

                     of comprehensive senior projects

         ______ Externally reviewed exhibitions and performances in

                     the arts

         ______ External evaluation of performance during internships


Discussion and Description

Discipline goals, direct measures, and improved student learning


         1. Management discipline goals. Management students will

      understand and use a variety of techniques to manage financial, human and material resources

      be able to critically conceptualize business problems and to develop appropriate strategies for problem solving

      understand and use a variety of quantitative analysis techniques appropriate for business

      develop collaborative skills

      be competent in written and oral communication

      develop competence in computer skills

      be prepared for professional careers in business or public service, or for graduate studies

      be able to see relationships between management and other liberal arts disciplines.


         2. Discipline goals and course work

         The assessment plan relates discipline goals to courses both within and without the discipline where they will be met, and to the completion of projects inside and outside of courses.


         3. Course-embedded assessment

         Financial Managment. The instructor set three learning objectives for the fifteen week semester, one objective for each five week subdivision of the semester. The objectives were specific instances of the general discipline objectives.[1] The instructor used exercises and homework assignments to assess student learning as excellent, good, fair or poor. These results indicated where student learning was adequate and where it needed improvement; the instructor adjusted his teaching as needed. At the end of the five week period, student learning was again assessed, but this time with an examination.[2]


General education categories spanned by the discipline


            Almost all management courses bear one of the following general education designators: SS, human behavior, social processes, and institutions; IP, international perspective; HDiv, human diversity; M/SR, mathematical/ symbolic reasoning; or E/CR, ethical and civic responsibility. Directed study, principles of accounting, and the management internship bear no general education designator.



[1] For example, the first objective, Understand the principles of asset pricing and be able to price financial assets, such as stocks and bonds, spans several of the eight learning objectives listed in 1.

[2] The quantitative results are in the management report in the appendices.