2019-2020 History (BA) Assessment Plan

Assessment Year: 2019-2020
School: Arts and Sciences
Department: History, Philosophy, and Anthropology
Program: History (BA)
Department Chair: gwhite
Department Assessment Coordinator: gwhite
Program Coordinator: gwhite
Completed by: nnaeem1
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Date Completed:2019/12/19 11:18:00 US/Eastern

Program Mission

The History Program seeks to impart knowledge of the societies and cultures of the past both to inform students and help them better understand present day events. The curriculum is designed to develop an appreciation of the study of history as one of the major modes of humanity’s search for knowledge of itself as well as familiarity with the methods historians employ. In addition, the goal of the program is to enhance student skills in analysis, oral/written communication, and critical thinking. Given our presence in the Pathways curriculum and the popularity of our Instructors, we serve nearly all students at York. As a result, our curriculum should prepare students for lives as engaged citizens and for a plethora of careers from professional historians, lawyers, diplomats, financiers, health practitioners, to researchers, archivists, teachers, public policy makers, or entrepreneurs.

Assessment Plan

Outcome 1

Program Goal

Develop an intellectual interest in exploring ethnic, racial, religious and ideological factors behind nationalism and decolonization movements

Program Student Learning Outcome

Students should be able to recognize and contrast different colonial systems in Africa, namely the German, Portuguese, French and British.

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

Critical Analysis and Reasoning

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

HIST 374

Sample Size

25

Measure

Essay

Measure Type

Direct

Target

80% score a B and above ( proficient)


Outcome 2

Program Goal

Develop skills to evaluate primary and Click or tap here to enter text. secondary source materials

Program Student Learning Outcome

Students are expected to engage in upper level research and demonstrate oral and written communication skills transferable to other professions and/or academic disciplines

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

Critical Analysis and Reasoning

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

HIST 313

Sample Size

25

Measure

Essay

Measure Type

Direct

Target

80% score a B and above (proficient)


Rationale for the Plan

We assessed Goal 1 and Goal 3 last year; this year, we will assess Goal 2 for the first time. For Goal 3, we used a 200 level course to collect student artifacts; for this year, we will use an upper level course.

Data Collection and Evaluation

We will collect student artifacts from HIST374 at the end of Fall semester and HIST375 in the spring. Dr. White and Dr. Githuku will collect the essays and evaluate the results.