B.A. Sociology – Written Communication (2013-2014)

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

YES,  “Goals for Student Learning in the Major”

Published where? (website)

Sociology Webpage

Do PLOs include or imply link to Core Competency? (AY 2013-2014: Written Communication)?

“Sociology majors and minors should also develop basic skills in social research, equipping them to apply what they have learned in real-life settings.”

Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400- level)

SOC 430


Students will engage in a policy analysis in which they focus on a specific issue then write an op ed suitable for publication

Type of Student Artifact

Three to five page paper with sources.

Rubric or other instrument

Three to five page paper with sources.

Data (measurement of the competency)

A random sample of ten final papers was drawn from SOC 430 (Seminar in Social Change).  The chart below shows average scores for the sample across the four rubric dimensions.   The weakest of all scores can be found in the line of reasoning scores (critical thinking), with an average score of 1.7 (of a possible 4), suggesting students are close to but have not achieved ‘emerging’ competence.  None of the other average scores surpass ‘emerging’ competence (3).

SOC 430 Final Paper - Average Scores N=10
Line of Reasoning1.7
Organization and Structure2.5
Language / Prose / Syntax2.6

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

Meet with the Department to discuss the nature of written assignments at the 300 level, ensuring that students are exposed to the Sociological literature.  SOC 380, our research methods course, and SOC 390, our theory course, should be primary targets for increasing competency in critical thinking.  Learning outcomes for all courses should be reviewed.

Date of Last Program Review