As a department, we strive to provide an excellent learning experience for our students. In order to continue to improve our instruction, curriculum, and services, we regularly assess both our general studies students and all psychology majors. Assessment data – in contrast to course grades – are not used to assess students, but the quality of our program. The data allow us to note our strengths and improve upon our weaknesses so that our students are afforded a high quality psychology education. In addition, we make our assessment data available so that prospective and current students, parents, and community members can see how we are performing. For all of our assessments, our goal is to have 70% of our students receive a passing grade of 70% or better.
The university has developed a general education curriculum to ensure that students graduate with the skills they need to succeed in their chosen careers. As they take their general education courses, students learn to think critically and read and write analytically about a broad range of topics. The Psychology Department offers two general education courses – Introductory Psychology (PSY 1100) and Lifespan Psychology (2000). These courses are taken by Psychology majors as well as students from other departments. Student performance in these courses is assessed by an examination given at the end of each semester that measures how well students are doing. Our assessment goal is for 70% of the students to correctly answer at least 70% of the test items.
The most recent general education report can be found here: Gen Ed Report Spring 2012