Information Literacy -B.A. Communication

B.A. Communication

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

Yes, “Goals for Student Learning in the Major”

Published where? (website)

Communication webpage

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

We do not have PLOs for Information Literacy. A new PLO will be developed for information literacy in the coming year.

Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400- level)

COM 352 – Small Group Communication


Student will write a paper to identify a specific relationship between “the communication that takes place in a group and the outcomes produced by those groups (e.g., understanding, attitude formation and change, behavioral modification, performance, satisfaction, and problem-solving or decision-making effectiveness)” and “to review and evaluate the supportive body of theory and research for that relationship.”

Type of Student Artifact

A 10-15 page research paper using 10 of outside scholarly references (journal articles, books, book chapters, etc).

Rubric or other instrument

GE Rubric for Information Literacy

Data (measurement of the competency)

The department evaluated eighteen (n=18) papers from this upper-division course. The aggregate averages for all categories fell below competency, with the weakest areas in Documentation Conventions (2.58) and Evaluating Sources (2.64). Of the eighteen, 11 fell into the area between Emerging and Competent. Two fell below emerging. This suggests that student may need more practice in integrating secondary information in proper academic citation format.

Evaluator Tabular Data

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

The department will attend more specifically to “proper citation formats” and “integrating sources” in future written communication assignments. These focal areas will be highlighted in future teaching efforts.

Date of Last Program Review


Communication MOU