B.A. Philosophy – 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)

Philosophy webpage

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

See Goal # 2: “Be able to recognize valid and invalid inferences expressed in ordinary language, and to recognize a range of formal and informal fallacies of reason”

Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400- level)

PHIL 375 – Feminist Philosophy


Students will generate thesis (argument) and defend a position in conjunction to a research question that must be approved by the teacher.

Type of Student Artifact

10 page paper using three sources in MLA or APA format.

Rubric or other instrument

GE Rubric for Information Literacy.

Data (measurement of the competency)

Students averaged 2.38/4 in Document Conventions, 2.81 in Appropriateness of Sources, 2.81 in Evaluating Sources, and 3.13 in Integrating Sources. Though there was wide variance that reflected our diverse student body, we were pleased with students’ abilities in the last two categories. Though the assignment did explicitly call for documenting all sources, this was not a point of emphasis in the class. On Appropriateness of Sources, the major problem wasn’t using inappropriate sources, but not seeking out additional sources when they were necessary to prove a point. Students generally found near the minimum of required sources.

Evaluator Tabular Data

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

Evaluating and Integrating Sources is already a major point of emphasis in nearly all of our classes, but we agreed we could put more emphasis on properly documenting sources and seeking out additional sources to provide evidence for every claim an author makes.

Date of Last Program Review


Program Reviews