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Undergraduate Psychology Major Assessment

FORM 201C: SUMMARY OF TREND [Instructional Programs – Undergraduate and Graduate Majors]



Program & Department     Psychology    Assessment Coordinator                                     Dena High-Rogers              

Directions: Assessment trend data is recorded in 3-year cycles.  Provide the information requested in each column along with a summary of action.  Attach the assessment plan.

 

 

May 2016 Report

May 2017 Report

May 2018 Report

 

Instruments

2015/2016 Results

Actions Taken

2016/2017 Results

Actions Taken

2017/2018 Results

Actions Taken

Summary of Actions Taken

Graduation Rates

(undergrad programs only)

Not available at this time

NA

NA

NA

NA

 NA

Not available at this time

1st Year Retention Rates

(undergrad programs only)

Not available at this time

NA

NA

Na

NA

NA

Not available at this time

Indirect or Reflective Assessment Instrument

75% of students gave ratings of 5 or higher

A greater emphasis will be placed on theory, and research.

91% of students gave ratings of 5 or higher, and 64% of students have ratings of 6 or higher

A greater emphasis will be placed on advising, making a variety of courses offered equally day and night, and teacher/student involvement /mentoring.  Also providing students with the details of our career center for career building and job placement

93%of students gave ratings of 5 or higher, and 70% of students gave ratings of 6 or higher

A new Psychology Undergraduate Advising Center was opened with a full time advisor devoted to the program.  She work closely with the faculty and chair of the department to mentor and guide students.

Students have responded well to the new advisor and Psychology Undergraduate Advising Center.  Two new tenure-track faculty have also been hired to offer more support and to support the student organizations of Psi Chi and BSPA

Standardized Exam

(Direct Assessment Instrument 1)

NA

 

Due to budget constraints the department had to justify this purchase.  Approval was given in April, and, by the time the assessments were received, there was no time to administer them.

Undergraduate committee will review other low-cost or free options for a general content knowledge assessment (i.e., the GRE subject exam in psychology).

New instrument being developed

NA

NA

 NA

New tenure-track faculty will be working on developing a new direct assessment exam for this upcoming year 

Journal Critique

(Direct Assessment Instrument 2)

NA

 

Missing data reflects need to streamline assessment procedures

New faculty hired at the last moment were not trained in collecting this assessment data

 

60% of students completing the assessment achieve the target of 70% or above.

A decision was made to implement this assignment in the first research methods course.  It can then be used to map progress as the student advances.

62% of students completing the assessment achieve the target of 70% or above.

The new assignment is working well for this assessment. The professors of the research course will add this to their syllabi so that is it is administered consistently every semester.

This assessment will be reviewed in terms of process and administration.  Students in the research class will have more opportunities to formally critique research throughout the semester.

Research Paper

(Direct Assessment Instrument 3)

88.24% of students achieve target

Need to include individual paper assignments at various points in the core curriculum.  Scientific literacy and appropriate use of APA style are the weaker areas for students.  The highest scores were in Critical thinking, understanding psychology concepts, and writing quality.  Weaker areas will be emphasized in the program and course.

100% of students completing the assessment achieve the target  and 50% exceed target.

Instructors will emphasize the development and use of critical thinking skills, understanding the research process, and improving writing quality.  The highest areas were understanding psychology concepts and the appropriate use of APA style.

100% of students achieve target and 50% exceed target.

Instructors emphasized the development and use of critical thinking skills, understanding research process and improving the writing quality.  The highest performance were in understanding psychological concepts and the appropriate use of APA style.  Student writing had improved with the help of the CSU Writing Center.

 

 

 

 

 

Our department's assessment plan can be found here.