Analysis / Conclusions Regarding Improvements for
Goal 3: Social Sciences
From fall 2010
Observations and Discussion:
The overall results suggest that instructional effectiveness was very high as shown in
both raw and adjusted scores for Progress on Relevant Objectives.
The overall results suggest that students were highly satisfied with their progress in
meeting the course learning objectives for the Social Science general education courses.
Seven (7) of the 11 sections had a response rate of less than the minimum 65%
recommended for dependable results.
The range in number of objectives selected (from 9% to 100% for each of the 12
objectives) may have diluted the results.
Increasing response rate is an institutional concern. Social science faculty will
encourage greater return individually through bonus points or extra credit for
completion of the surveys. However, a return to paper and pencil evaluations may be
the best way to guarantee reliable results.
A subset of faculty might identify the same 3-4 objectives to see if the results are
substantially different or less diffuse.
Action for 2011:
Three faculty members—Roger Dendinger, John Dreyer, and Sharon Kirkpatrick—Sanchez—will
identify the same three objectives for use in the Spring 2011 student evaluations:
Objective 1: Gaining factual knowledge (terminology, classifications, methods, trends).
Objective 2: Learning fundamental principles, generalizations, or theories.
Objective 11: Learning to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments, and points of
A group report will be ordered in May 2011 and the results will be reviewed during fall semester
From spring 2010
Using an in-class writing sample and a simple 5-point scale is a weak method for
assessing a student’s ability to apply a fundamental social sciences concept to
contemporary issues—as called for in the Goal 3 outcome.
In-class writing is a performance assessment of many skills and behaviors, including the
memorization of details and/or organizational and writing skills.
A more refined or specialized rubric might do a better job of getting at the specific
outcome of applying a concept from study of the social sciences.