Albany State University Assessment for Bachelor of Science with a Major in Management Assessment Period – 2006-2007 Expanded Statement of Program Means of Program Results Use of Results Institutional Purpose Intended Student Assessment Learning Objectives Unit Mission: To provide 1. Ninety percent of Students in ECON 2105 The assessment means students an students will develop a were assigned to write with a focus on ECON The fundamental mission opportunity to research topic that is papers in accordance 2105 students clearly of Albany State conduct an APA- clearly stated with at least with APA standards. All demonstrated that University’s College of approved research three objectives. students submitted students in this course Business is to create a paper in the field of papers but the majority must be given remedial vibrant learning Economics. of papers only included support on writing community of quality a broad purpose research papers . business education, statement and only a few Insufficient guidance was primarily through the papers, 5%, incorporated given and as a result the scholarship of teaching, at least three objectives papers written were not in for a diverse student . accordance with population desiring skills standards. The and competencies department also learned demanded by the dynamic that a specific grading global economy. rubric must be set up and In accordance with its used consistently among mission, Albany State faculty teaching the same University’s College of course. The rubric must Business displays the include specific following characteristics: guidelines on establishing • Emphasis on the purpose and teaching excellence; objectives of a research • Technology- paper. enhanced learning 2. Fifty percent of For students enrolled in The faculty have environment; students will earn a ECON 2105, faculty recommended that • Functional minimum of .80 on were not consistent in required workshops be education for students of worksheet used to their development and given to students who are all backgrounds; demonstrate the six use of a worksheet. enrolled in specific • A commitment to components of research Faculty did, however, courses that are student’s success and (introduction, literature outline the components highlighting the use of outstanding review, method of of research needed for a formal research including professionalism of approach, data analysis, formal paper, and at research papers. The students, faculty, and staff. and conclusions/further least 50 percent of the workshops will be research) on a faculty- papers graded did designed to include the Goal Statement: approved topic. included at least four of very basic requirements Graduates of the the six required of writing a research Department of Business components. paper, including acces to Administration will know sites at other universities principles of effective that provide very helpful communication and be guidance and assistance able to demonstrate in writing papers. In effective written and oral addition, the department communication skills. is recommending that (Developed: June 23, ASU's English 2006 during Departmental Department be notified of Faculty Meeting) the writing weakness noted among most students enrolled in business courses and explore ways and means to improve the fundamentals. 3. Fifty percent of students A faculty and peer Faculty are being will earn a minimum of .80 evaluation was not encouraged, to create very on their oral, power-point established; however, psychologically safe based presentation of their the faculty for ECON classroom learning research paper (faculty and 2105 did require environments in which peer evaluated). students to make students are encourage to presentations of their speak. More work needs paper before the class. to be done in providing The presentations were feedback mechanisms and very weak, with the vast formal skill development majority of students not for oral communication. making satisfiactory Under the new student presentation grades. The learning outcomes oral communication assessment plan, students skills of many students will be introduced to oral taking courses at the presentation skill-building 2000 level, especially in BISE 2010 and BISE formal presentation 2040. These courses are skills, remain weak, and traditionally taken before the experience with this ECON 2106, which will objective reconfirmed be the new course in this. which writng and presentaitin skills are emphasized. To engage students 1. All students will know Faculty used informal The lack of a in classroom the guidelines for guidelines announced in standardized rubric was discussions. classroom participation their classes, and clearly a disadvantage in and the corresponding incorporated a certain letting student know up- grading schema for percentage weight for front what was expected different levels of participation in the of them in class performance. overall final grade participation and calculation. The course discussion . It also lends itself to open resulted in inconsistency classroom discussion as between classes, with well as to small group different instructors, and discussion as learning would lead to teams meet to prepare inconsistency over time comprehensive case from semester to analyses. Instructors semester. report that all students understood the importance of classroom discussion, as one form of participation in the class. The syllabus included the following statement as one of the exit competencies expected: Develop analytical and communications skills and demonstrate these through case analysis and the major case project. Moreover, the course syllabus included the following statement under the side-head of participation : Every student is expected to participate and contribute to the class learning experience in a consistent, accurate and constructive manner. Attendance, active participation in class discussions and group work, and the quality demonstrated in preparation of assignments will be significant factors in the determination of the final grade (10% of final grade). The vast majority of students successfully completing the Fall 4199 course earned over 90% to 100% percent of this portion of their grade. The instructors report high levels of engagement between faculty and students and among students. 2. At least seventy-five See above, regarding the The comments above percent of the students will grades received by apply here as well. meet the C level of students in MGMT participation in classroom 4199. discussions. 3. Students in their This assessment was A committee is being graduating senior year will difficult to implement as formed to reconsider the make journal entries graduating seniors were portfolio requirement, and reflecting on the progress from both academic if it is decided to keep it, and confidence they have departments, and no a formal system will be made in presenting their formalized approach was implemented in order to ideas and opinions orally developed to ensure that ensure that specific in a group setting. Journal students presented requirements are outlined entries will be journal entries. Student and that students are incorporated into senior were not notified in notified of the electronic portfolios. advance of the requirements. A grading requirements and the rubric will also be college was unable to required if a portfolio is begin development of consideered usefull. the required electronic portfolios. To require students 1. Students complete case A case analysis The worksheet is seen as to conduct a analysis worksheet and 75 workshoeet was a very helpful resource comprehensive percent earn a grade of .80 provided to students for students as they case analysis, or better. enrolled in the course. prepare for their complete a term- The worksheet comprehensive case paper based on the requirements were analysis, as well as for analysis, and make outlined by the faculty their individual case a power-point and examples were analysis on a selected presentation as part shared with the students. company. of a learning team The grades for the Faculty have made project. worksheet averaged recommendations to between 85 to 95 with a improve the content and majority, 90%, earning structure of the B+ to A grades on their worksheet, and have work. incorporated the worksheet electronically so that students will be able to complete the form by computer and send it electronically. A grading rubric will also be developed by the faculty in order to better ensure consistency of grading and improved understanding of what is expected in order to achieve a high score. In addition, the faculty will provide a completed worksheet that reflects an actual case so that sutdents can read a sample case, and see how a worksheet ought to be completed in order to receive a grade of A . 2. Students make Student presentations of The grading by peers was presentation to class, using cases this past Fall were not effective as guidelines power point effectively of exceptional quality in were not clearly and having peer and both classes. Faculty articulated, and students faculty grading with at took greater effort to tended to award high least 20 percent earning a explain requirements, grades based on grade of .90 or better. and that, coupled with friendship and not the particular make up of objective criteria. Only the classes, resulted in the instructor of the class very high scores on was involved in the presentations, the vast faculty level grading and majority (90%) earning in the future more efforts grades of B+ and A. will be made to involve non-classroom instructors in the grading of presentations in order to better ensure objectivity and consistency across classes. 3. At least fifty percent of This assessment was A committee is being the students make difficult to implement as formed to reconsider the graduating senior, graduating seniors were portfolio requirement, and portfolio journal entries from both academic if it is decided to keep it, regarding reflections on departments, and no a formal system will be their improvement and formalized approach was implemented in order to accomplishments in developed to ensure that ensure that specific written communication as students presented requirements are outlined well as in formal journal entries. Student and that students are presentation skills, with were not notified in notified of the note given to their learning advance of the requirements. A grading in teamwork requirements and the rubric will also be communication skills college was unable to required if a portfolio is gained in MGMT 4199. begin development of consideered usefull. the required electronic portfolios.
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