B.A. Gender and Women’s Studies – Oral Communication*

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


Published where? (website)

BA Gender and Women’s Studies

Do PLOs include or imply link to Core Competency? (AY 2016-2017: Oral Communication)?

Learning outcome #7 – Communicate effectively in verbal and written form.

Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400- level)

WS 495


15 minute research presentation (8-10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion) detailing findings of research.

Type of Student Artifact

Research Project presentation

Rubric or other instrument

GE Rubric for Oral Communication

Data (measurement of the competency)

Four (n=4) presentations were evaluated by the Assessment Committee. Average scores for each category were fairly high. The average score was 3.33/4 for Organization, 3.16 for Content, 3.25 for Language, and 3.17 for Delivery. Scores tracked closely with the amount of time students had spent in the program, with graduating seniors accumulating the highest scores in all four sections of the rubric.

Evaluator Tabular Data

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

The fact that the Assessment Committee found that average presentation scores tracked closely with time in the program shows that the Department’s emphasis on oral presentations and in-class discussions are having a positive effect on oral communication skills. We will strive to continue this tradition in engaging our students to think and orally communicate effectively.

Date of Last Program Review

2009 Women’s Studies report