2019-2020 English (BA) Assessment Plan

Assessment Year: 2019-2020
School: Arts and Sciences
Department: English
Program: English (BA)
Department Chair: jhall1
Department Assessment Coordinator: drowe
Program Coordinator: asilva
Completed by: drowe
Other Contributors:
Date Completed:2019/12/17 12:47:00 US/Eastern

Program Mission

Mission The Department of English offers students opportunities to enrich their lives with courses in literature, writing, rhetoric, language, and journalism. Mission Statement We aim to serve the needs of all students by developing their abilities to write for college, for professional work, and for their lives as citizens, and by preparing them to understand and to write on academic topics in their major disciplines. Faculty scholarship is an integral part of the English department mission, and we are committed to fostering a collegial, supportive, and collaborative intellectual environment. Students are best served by faculty who are actively contributing to the production and advancement of knowledge, and thus can guide students in their coursework and mentor them in their own research aspirations in directions that are relevant to the present and the future. This overall mission takes concrete form through our majors in English and Journalism; through our minors in English, Creative Writing, and Journalism; through our courses that support the college’s general education requirements; and through the Writing Program, which serves the entire campus with first-year and junior-year writing courses, with Writing Across the Curriculum, and with the Writing Center. In what follows we define our mission more specifically in each of these areas. BA in ENGLISH Literature We are committed to fostering our students’ capacity for deep reading and to increasing their understanding of the power and beauty of literary works. We enable students to analyze and critique literature with insight and interpretive power and to communicate their ideas about literature effectively in writing. We want our students to recognize how literature illuminates the human condition, expands their capacity for sympathy, and inspires them to respond significantly and powerfully to their local and global communities. Writing, Rhetoric, and Language Writing We encourage and teach students to develop expressive techniques and abilities with which to succeed in creative, professional, and civic writing. We provide them the means to serve as a voice for themselves, their community, and humankind. Rhetoric Through study of the uses and effects of language in various contexts and historical periods, we are committed to helping students gain a rhetorical awareness of how writers and speakers have structured their written and spoken discourse to reflect their goals and beliefs. Through guided practice, we assist students in developing rhetorical capabilities that will enable them to influence debate in the various communities that they will participate in throughout their academic, professional, and civic lives. Language We teach students sociolinguistic theory and the history of English to help them explore where their own language fits in the complex linguistic landscape of the United States and beyond. ENGLISH MINOR The goals of the English minor are the same as those articulated for the major, designed to encourage students who have an interest in literature and language studies, but adjusted to meet the needs of students who are majoring in another subject.

Assessment Plan

Outcome 1

Program Goal

Critical Reading: Students will understand and articulate insights about complex texts, both primary and secondary, including literature, criticism, and various genres of non-fiction.

Program Student Learning Outcome

2.3 Students will understand and articulate insights about complex texts, both primary and secondary, including literature, criticism, and various genres of non-fiction.

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

Written Communication

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

ENG 200 multiple sections ENG 311 M

Sample Size

ENG 200 n=10 ENG 311 n=10

Measure

A rubric will be used to assess final papers.

Measure Type

Direct

Target

It is expected that 100% of ENG 200 students will be minimally proficient in this learning outcome. It is expected that 100% of ENG 311 students will be partially proficient in this learning outcome.


Outcome 2

Program Goal

Writing: Students will produce a work in an appropriate genre for a chosen emphasis and at an appropriate level: literary criticism, creative writing, rhetorical or linguistic analysis.

Program Student Learning Outcome

3.2 Students will apply their understanding of rhetoric, writing, and language to the analysis and interpretation of discourse.

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

Written Communication

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

ENG 286 multiple sections

Sample Size

n=20

Measure

A rubric will be developed.

Measure Type

Both

Target

It is expected that 100% of ENG 286 students will be minimally proficient in this learning outcome.


Outcome 3

Program Goal

Discipline-specific Knowledge and Discourse: Students will speak and write effectively, addressing complex issues in the language of the chosen field of study.

Program Student Learning Outcome

1.3 Students will develop a working approach to language difference including multiple Englishes and multilingual/translingual perspectives.

Alignment with York’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Diversity - Recognize and appreciate unique differences across the human spectrum.

Alignment with MSCHE Standard III Competencies

Written Communication

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

ENG 410 PQ ENG 470 J

Sample Size

ENG 410 n=10 ENG 470 n=5

Measure

A rubric will be developed to assess final papers collected.

Measure Type

Direct

Target

It is expected that 100% of ENG 410 students will be proficient in this learning outcome.


Rationale for the Plan

The evaluation of the ENG 200 and 300-level courses is part of our ongoing evaluation to determine where the strengths and weaknesses in our curriculum may be between introductory and mastery course offerings, and possible opportunities for reinforcement.

The evaluation of our capstone courses is assess how well they are addressing York's Institutional Learning Outcomes.

Data Collection and Evaluation

Some of the papers have already been collected from Spring 2019, while others are being gathered at the end of the Fall 2019 semester. The English Department's internal English Major Assessment Committee will be evaluating, analyzing, and interpreting the data.