B.A. Psychology – 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)

Psychology webpage

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

See PLOs 2, 4 & 5

Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400- level)

PSY 445 Practicum


The paper for the course will be in an area related to the work done at the placement site. The paper should include a review of relevant literature and current trends related to the work done at the placement site. In addition, the paper should include a discussion and critique of the services provided in relation to current trends, lessons learned, and reflection on the practicum experience. The paper must be 6-8 pages, double-spaced, include 5 peer-reviewed sources, with citations and references in APA format.

Type of Student Artifact

Literature review section of paper.

Rubric or other instrument

Instructor-developed rubric for assignment Campus-developed rubric for Information Literary.

Data (measurement of the competency)

Twelve (12) papers were read and independently by 3 Psychology Department faculty. Inter-rater reliability was 91%.

Two papers (16.67%) were rated as Advanced (range=3.6-3.8)

Eight papers (66.67%) were rated as Competent

Two papers (16.67%) were rated as Emerging (range=1.8-2.3)

Papers showed the most strength in Appropriateness of Sources
(M=3.44, SD=0.48)

Papers showed the most weakness in Evaluating Sources
(M=2.86, SD=0.58)

Evaluator Tabular Data

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

In Fall 2016 the Psychology Department will discuss the results of the Information Literacy assessment to determine appropriate next steps to enhance students’ understanding of the requirements for literature review papers, APA format for citations and references, as well as their overall writing and organization of papers.

Date of Last Program Review


Psychology MOU