B.A. Anthropology – Information Literacy

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

Yes, “Goals for Student Learning in the Major”

Published where? (website)

Anthropology website

Do PLOs include or imply link to Core Competency? (AY 2015-2016: Information Literacy)?


Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400- level)

ANTH 375


Students were asked to write an 8-10 page research paper examining a particular health issue in a cultural setting that may be genetically based.

Type of Student Artifact

This 8-10 page research paper was formatted according to the anthropological style guide used by either cultural or physical anthropologists.

Rubric or other instrument

GE Rubric for Information Literacy

Data (measurement of the competency)

The readers evaluated ten (n=10) papers submitted for the course. Students were generally weakest in Documentation Conventions (average = 2.8) and in Integrating Sources (average = 2.86). Nevertheless, all papers fell between an aggregate average of 2.75 to 3.75, with 50% showing competent to above competent skills. Interestingly, there were some disagreement in the interpretation of the rubric as well as several scores being more than 1-point apart. This suggests, minimally, a need for calibration prior to reading, and possibly a larger need for departmental agreement over what constitutes an “adequate” literature review.

Evaluator Tabular Data

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

Most of us have been fairly flexible as to which style guide students use, whether it is APA, or ones used in anthropology. We unanimously agreed that student had to choose a format and be consistent throughout paper and citations. Discussion prompted decision to use the archaeological style guide for references for the MA Heritage Management theses and all associated course work.

Date of Last Program Review


Anthropology MOU