2019-2020 Psychology (BA) Assessment Plan

Assessment Year: 2019-2020
School: Arts and Sciences
Department: Behavioral Sciences
Program: Psychology (BA)
Department Chair: kmokrue
Department Assessment Coordinator: kdavies
Program Coordinator: kmokrue
Completed by: kdavies
Other Contributors:
Date Completed:2019/11/21 11:30:00 US/Eastern

Program Mission

The mission of the Psychology discipline is to encompass the knowledge, skills, and values that are necessary for students to acquire as undergraduates within the context of a liberal arts education while incorporating the broad theoretical and research bases of psychology using a variety of pedagogical models to prepare them for entrance into the workforce or acceptance into graduate or professional schools upon receipt of the baccalaureate degree. Students will reflect upon the importance of diversity and cross-cultural issues in the discipline.

Assessment Plan

Outcome 1

Program Goal

Knowledge Base and Application: Students will demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings, to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral phenomena.

Program Student Learning Outcome

1.1 Describe key concepts, principles and overarching themes in psychology.

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?

PSY 102 (Introductory level), A Reinforcement level class (such as 215 or 232), and A Mastery level course (such as 319 or 362). Sections to be determined.

Sample Size

About 120 per PSLO (about 40 per course)

Measure

A rubric will be used to rate student essay assignments. The rubric is currently under development.

Measure Type

Direct

Target

This will be the first time that we assess these PSLOs, so arbitrary achievement levels have been identified that may be changed after data analysis. We will evaluate whether students achieve, on average: 50% correct at the introduced level, 65% correct at the reinforced level, and 80% correct at the mastered level.


Outcome 2

Program Goal

Knowledge Base and Application: Students will demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings, to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral phenomena.

Program Student Learning Outcome

1.2 Gain a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains (i.e. identify key characteristics of major domains in psychology; compare and contrast psychology’s sub 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?

PSY 102 (Introductory level), A Reinforcement level class (such as 215 or 232), and A Mastery level course (such as 319 or 362). Sections to be determined.

Sample Size

About 120 per PSLO (about 40 per course)

Measure

A rubric will be used to rate student essay assignments. The rubric is currently under development.

Measure Type

Direct

Target

This will be the first time that we assess these PSLOs, so arbitrary achievement levels have been identified that may be changed after data analysis. We will evaluate whether students achieve, on average: 50% correct at the introduced level, 65% correct at the reinforced level, and 80% correct at the mastered level.


Outcome 3

Program Goal

Knowledge Base and Application: Students will demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings, to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral phenomena.

Program Student Learning Outcome

1.3 Describe examples of relevant and practical applications of psychological principles to everyday life.

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?

PSY 102 (Introductory level), A Reinforcement level class (such as 215 or 232), and A Mastery level course (such as 319 or 362). Sections to be determined.

Sample Size

About 120 per PSLO (about 40 per course)

Measure

A rubric will be used to rate student essay assignments. The rubric is currently under development.

Measure Type

Direct

Target

This will be the first time that we assess these PSLOs, so arbitrary achievement levels have been identified that may be changed after data analysis. We will evaluate whether students achieve, on average: 50% correct at the introduced level, 65% correct at the reinforced level, and 80% correct at the mastered level.


Rationale for the Plan

Last Academic Year the Behavioral Sciences Department assessed Psychology program PSLOs 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3. This year we will assess PSLOs 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3; this follows our larger 5-year plan. The Psychology program PSLOs were revised in AY 2018-2019, so this will be the first AY that these newly established PSLOs will be assessed; they will serve as a baseline to which future assessments can be compared.

Data Collection and Evaluation

Drs. Davies, Mokrue, and other course instructors will assist in the collection of data during the spring semester, and will contribute to the data analysis. This is the first time that these PSLOs will be assessed by the department; therefore, the fall 2019 semester will be spent developing and evaluating assessment tools for utilization in spring 2020. In addition, final analysis of spring 2019 assessment data will also be completed in fall 2019.