2019-2020 Political Science (BA) Assessment Plan

Assessment Year: 2019-2020
School: Arts and Sciences
Department: Behavioral Sciences
Program: Political Science (BA)
Department Chair: kmokrue
Department Assessment Coordinator: kdavies
Program Coordinator: rharper
Completed by: rharper
Other Contributors:
Date Completed:2019/11/06 10:29:00 US/Eastern

Program Mission

The Political Science program is aligned with the mission of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and York College in the following ways. We strive to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for careers, as well as graduate and professional studies, and to contribute as active citizens in our ever-changing interdependent world. Our students will develop critical reading, writing and thinking skills to evaluate the structure and operation of politics and power, including their own and other political systems. The Political Science program encourages community service and social responsibility both through our course work and community-based internships. Students have an opportunity to do independent research to gain research experience and mentorship from individual faculty members. We offer a flexible program that serves the interests of our diverse and multicultural college community. The program will provide the foundation for students to become informed, active, socially responsible, and ethical citizens, professionals, and leaders.

Assessment Plan

Outcome 1

Program Goal

Acquisition of Knowledge and Critical Thinking Skills for Professional Life and Graduate Studies

Program Student Learning Outcome

1.1 Students will cite, explain and compare the efficacy of political theories, structures, systems, actors, institutions, and processes, both locally and globally

Alignment with York’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Intellectual Discovery and Creativity - Demonstrate excellence in academic inquiry, creativity, research, collaboration and professional growth.

Alignment with MSCHE Standard III Competencies

Oral Communication

From which course(s), section(s) will you collect student artifacts?

POL202-G POL275-MN

Sample Size

students 50

Measure

rubric, rating sheets

Measure Type

Direct

Target

seventy percent (70%) of students will receive a score of 80 percent or above (+/-4/5) on a rating sheet measuring their ability to cite/explain/compare political phenomena


Outcome 2

Program Goal

Acquisition of Knowledge and Critical Thinking Skills for Professional Life and Graduate Studies

Program Student Learning Outcome

1.3 Students will express knowledge and critical thinking competencies (outcomes through written and oral communications. )

Alignment with York’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Intellectual Discovery and Creativity - Demonstrate excellence in academic inquiry, creativity, research, collaboration and professional growth.

Alignment with MSCHE Standard III Competencies

Oral Communication

From which course(s), section(s) will you collect student artifacts?

Graduating Seniors

Sample Size

5-7

Measure

Exit interviews will inquire about students’ opinions about the degree to which they were challenged to develop critical thinking skills, exposure to contrary arguments and they ability to build such arguments in oral communication.

Measure Type

Indirect

Target

eighty percent (80%) of students will be able to cite and reference opportunities and experiences of learning how to make arguments about challenges and successes in critical thinking skills in oral communication


Rationale for the Plan

The combination of expert evaluation by the professors of students' oral presentations coupled with the exit interviews with graduating seniors about their perception of their skills building and achievement, supports available and supports needed, etc. will provide well-rounded objective and subjective measures of oral communication achievement and efforts.

Data Collection and Evaluation

The data will be collected in the fall of 2019 and analyzed in the spring of 2020. Professors Harper and Sharpe will collect and analyze and interpret the data.