B.A. Economics – Written Communication (2017-2018)

Have formal Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) or Student Learning Outcomes (SLOS) been developed?


Published where? (website)

Business webpage

Do PLOs include or imply link to Core Competency? (AY 2017-2018: Written Communication)?

Upon graduating with a B.A. degree in Economics, students should be able to: Apply Economic theory to practical problems [and] Write effectively and confidently.

Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400- level

ECON 361 International Finance


Students will select a country for which you will monitor throughout the semester relevant economic and political developments.

Type of Student Artifact

The paper for this assessment will be a Policy Memorandum on early warnings and recommendations (7 to 10 pages). The paper will be submitted to the UHH Assessment Team for grading.

Rubric or other instrument

GE Rubric for Written Communication

Data (measurement of the competency)

The benchmarks are 4 (Advanced), 3 (Competent), 2 (Emerging), and 1 (Beginning). Scores below 3 (Competent) are not acceptable for economics majors close to graduation. Unfortunately, only one of the eleven papers had an average score of 3 or higher.

Evaluator Tabular Data

Action Taken in Response to the Data (What will you do in response to the Findings?)

The Assessment Committee recommends making two courses in the core, BUS 290 (Critical Thinking) and MGT 300 (Mgt, Orgs & Human Behavior) permanently Writing Intensive. Note that the BA in Economics no longer exists; instead we have an Economics track in the BBA, so from now on we will only be assessing for the BBA.

Date of Last Program Review

Please locate URL of most recent Program Review MOU on the VCAA Website:


BA Program Review