Unit Plan 2011-2012 Department of Sociology_ Criminal Justice

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					                                   Unit Plan 2011-2012
                 Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, & Social Work
                                              Respectfully Submitted by
                                            Kim Davies, Department Chair
                                                  October 7, 2011
                 Link to August 23, 2011 Department Meeting Minutes in which this plan was discussed.

A) Statement of the unit’s mission or purpose.
   The mission of the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work is to teach and employ theory and knowledge
   to empower our students to contribute to a better society. We seek to explore and reveal how society and culture shape human
   lives, attitudes, and actions. We strive to make our students more effective and valuable as citizens, scholars, and professionals
   through teaching the skills of social analysis, research, writing, and social action.

B) Statement of the unit’s vision for the next three to five years.
   The Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work will:
    maintain accreditation for its BSW program 2011 (added 2011 when awarded accreditation)
    maintain our high retention and graduation rates as specified later in this document through 2014 (began assessment in
       Spring 2006)
    continue to offer and assess high quality internship/field experience programs for sociology, social work, and criminal
       justice students through 2014 (began 2006)
    continue to provide quality advisement for sociology, criminal justice and social work majors through 2014 (began 2006)
    explore the establishment of graduate programs in sociology, criminal justice, and social work by 2014 (not front burner
       issue but wanted to have it listed in case down the road the department decided to move in this direction – we first listed it
       as unlimited term vision in 2006)
    continue to explore various applied programs related to our disciplines as they come up through 2014 (not front burner
       issue but wanted to have it listed in case down the road the department decided to move in this direction – we first listed it
       as unlimited term vision in 2006)
C) End-of-Year Unit Plan Report from the Previous Year 2010-2011

Goals Addressed This       Action Plan and Assessment              Assessment Results/Findings                                                    Conclusions Regarding
Past Year                  Plan                                                                                                                   These Findings
University Operational     2A. The department will continue to     2A. The department completed the Benchmark IV Report including                 In a letter dated June 13,
Goal # 2 (Special          work toward accreditation for the       Benchmark IV Components and Accreditation Standards Volume I, II, and          2011, we were informed
Academic Affairs Goal      Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)           III during fall 2010. hosted a Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)         that Commission on
#2)                        program.                                Benchmark IV Site visit January 27-28, 2011. The site visit went well.
                                                                                                                                                  Accreditation (COA) of the
Develop and maintain                                               There were 8 concerns regarding the program that Dr. Huisman answered on
high-quality programs in   Assessment of all #2 goals: Much        March 9, 2011. We are awaiting a decision regarding our accreditation.
                                                                                                                                                  Council of Social Work
which curricular           of the assessment is completed by       The decision should come this summer.                                          Education granted initial
offerings meet the needs   the department chair who reviews                                                                                       accreditation to our program
of a changing world and    data when available or simply                                                                                          ending on 2019. This goal
a dynamic career           reports whether and how goals are                                                                                      was satisfactory met.
marketplace.               being met in subsequent unit plans.

                           2B The department will continue to      2B. The chair completed Faculty Certification Credential Forms for all         Though we believed that
                           ensure that faculty teach in            instructors for every course taught in fall 2010 and spring 2011. These        this goal was satisfactorily
                           disciplines within our department       forms were forwarded to the Assistant Dean of the Pamplin College of Arts      met. It appears to be an
                           for which they are qualified to teach   and Sciences and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
                                                                                                                                                  ongoing process and we
                                                                                                                                                  continue to respond to any
                                                                                                                                                  concerns or requests made
                                                                                                                                                  by the Dean of A&S or the
                                                                                                                                                  Office of Institutional
                                                                                                                                                  Effectiveness. Further
                                                                                                                                                  action is anticipated as this
                                                                                                                                                  is an ongoing goal.
                           2C. The department will work            2C. As can be seen in Table 1, course averages fairly close to where they      Goal somewhat satisfactorily
                           toward limiting class enrollment as     were during the last academic year. Criminal Justice Courses ranged in size    met though the range indicates
                           appropriate to pedagogical              from 11 for a Saturday introductory criminal justice course in spring 2011to   that some classes are very big.
                           excellence (relative to a particular    45 for a day social juvenile delinquency course that was cross listed in       Further action is anticipated as
                           professor’s style) and high student     sociology and criminal justice. It should also be noted that smaller average   this is an ongoing goal. We
                           retention.                              course size in spring 2011Criminal Justice courses compared to spring 2010     will continue to monitor class
                                                                   goes away if we consider sociology of murder a criminal justice course. (In    sizes as this is an important
                                                                   line with the new credentialing process we did not cross list this course      issue. Research indicates that
                                                                   when we added it to our curriculum but instead listed it as SOCI only but      smaller sized classes are better
                                                                   permitted students to count the course in either the sociology or criminal     for student learning. New hires
                                                                   justice major). With the exception of the large introductory sociology         will be and have been
                                                                   courses that help meet the core needs for incoming students, sociology class   requested as necessary.
                                                                   sizes ranged from 8 in a spring 2011 upper division course with enforced
                                                                   prerequisites of methods and theory courses to 62 for a spring
                                                                   2011sociology of murder course which counts in both the criminal justice
                                                                   and sociology majors. Social Work is showing an increase over time but it
                                         should be noted that we added a full time lecturer and thus more courses this
                                         year. The increase in size likely indicates the beginning of a trend that we
                                         will need to watch as the number of social work majors and pre-social work
                                         majors jumped from 68 students to 98 students from fall 2010 to spring
                                         2011.

                                           Table 1: Average Class Size by Major and
                                           Semester
                                                             CRJU      SOCI       SOWK
                                           Fall 2009         21.47     31.65      13.50
                                           Spring 2010       22.69     34.76      14.91
                                           Fall 2010         28.07     29.87      13.77
                                           Spring 2011       19.8      32.85      18.15
2D. The department will continue         2D. Drs. Ness and Foley took 14 students to Cape Town, South Africa              Goal satisfactorily met. Further
to support study abroad                  during spring break 2011. Additionally, Ms. Alderman, our new lecturer in        action of the same kind is
opportunities for students               social work, paid her own way to go on this trip and hopes her experiences       anticipated as this is an
                                         will help her learn how she can offer study abroad courses in the future.        ongoing goal.


2E. The department will continue to      2E. Nine students presented 9 papers at two conferences during the 10-11         Goal satisfactorily met. Further
support undergraduate research           academic year. The spring 08-09 report indicated that 10 students presented      action is anticipated as this is
within the department by supporting      papers at conferences that academic year and 8 presented the year before.        an ongoing goal.
faculty efforts to involve students in
presentations on and off campus.

2F. The department will work to          2F. We have added at least 5 more sites for field placements this year           Ongoing improvement needed.
increase internship opportunities        including the Wilkes Count Department of Family and Children Services.           Department will await
and satisfaction with internships        In addition to this increase in internship opportunities, our exit survey        appropriate follow-up action
(added fall 2009)                        indicates students are pleased with their internships. Eighty percent of         until economic situation
                                         students strongly agreed and 20% agreed that their internships were a            improves.
                                         valuable experience on the departmental exit survey. The chair has asked
                                         whether we can increase Ms. Tucker’s pay and allow her to be the CRJU &
                                         SOCI Internship Coordinator to help more closely watch quality and provide
                                         students with an in-house instead of part-time instructor for internships. The
                                         dean responded 2/18/2011 that there is not a possibility of a pay increase
                                         now and thus we will not increase Joyce’s workload. The chair had again
                                         added this request to the end of the year budget request that she has prepared
                                         in anticipation of Pamplin College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office
                                         request.
                           2G. The department will continue to         2G. We replaced 6 lab computers at the beginning of the academic year with       Goal satisfactorily met. Further
                           support student lab as place for            funding from an $8,000 internal technology grant. After our reorganization       action is anticipated as this is
                           students to learn, work on research,        of the lab, we find that it is still populated nearly non-stop by our students   an ongoing goal and we will
                           and form community.                                                                                                          need to monitor both
                                                                                                                                                        equipment and student use.


University Operational     3A. We will continue to work to             3A. Chair held advising workshop in fall for new social work lecturer. The       Goal satisfactorily met. Further
Goal # 3 (Special          advise well and the chair will hold         data on 2011 exit surveys indicate that 100% of students agree or strongly       action is anticipated as this is
Academic Affairs Goal      advising workshops for new faculty          agree that advisors within our department are well-informed about rules and      an ongoing goal.
#1) + USG Enhanced         or to help make clarifications as           regulations. 98% agree or strongly agree that advisors in the department
Advisement Processes       curriculum changes. (Chair will             have been helpful and 100% agree or strongly agree that the advisors they
Plan                       review exit survey data to assess success   have talked with in the department appear to be interested in the student’s
Improve recruitment,       in this area. If 90% of students strongly   goals and special concerns. Finally 100% agree or strongly agree they are
retention, and             agree or agree that advising is well done   satisfied with the advising they receive from faculty in the department.
                           on exit surveys and if 80% of students
satisfaction of students                                               (n=42).
                           who mention advising in comments
through effective          indicate advising is good, we will
marketing, course          conclude we are advising well.)
offerings, convenient      3B. Having introductory courses             3B. As can be in Table 2 below, we are only able to meet the goal of full        Goal satisfactorily met. Further
course scheduling,         offered by full time faculty when           time faculty teaching introductory courses within the sociology program.         action is anticipated as this is
quality advisement, and    possible to help bring in new               We would need to expand both the full time criminal justice and social work      an ongoing goal though we also
programs that meet the     majors. (Chair will report what             faculty by at least one position each to reach this goal while continuing to     suspect this will become more
needs of students.         percent of introductory courses are         meet the needs of our upper division students. In the areas of criminal          difficult if the university is to
                           offered by full time faculty and if not     justice and social work, we are more able to find adequate part time faculty     increase in size.
                           80% or higher, will report why we           in the community to assist us in teaching than we are in the area of
                           are not meeting this goal and plans         sociology. However, we need to emphasize that full time faculty positions
                           to meet goal will be determined.)           are what we need to meet this goal and to help us grow our programs and
                                                                       provide our current students with the best opportunities for learning.

                                                                         Table 2: Percent full time faculty teaching
                                                                        Introductory       Fall 2010          Spring 2011
                                                                        courses
                                                                        CRJU                   50%               33.3%
                                                                                             (2 of 4)           (2 of 6)
                                                                        SOCI                   90%                80%
                                                                                            (9 of 10)           (12/15)
                                                                        SOWK                   0%                 20%
                                                                                             (0 of 4)           (1 of 5)
                                                                        Total                 61%                57.7%
                                                                                           (11 of 18)          (15 of 26)
3C. Encouraging vibrant student          3C. Reports from student clubs and general observations in the department      Goal satisfactorily met.
clubs. (Chair will use reports that      indicate that all three student organizations are active a social work honor   Continued action is anticipated
come from Student activities or the      society is in the works. Additionally, Dr. Foley won an award for being the    as this is an ongoing goal.
student groups to make a subjective      best advisor of a student organization and the Criminal Justice club won a
assessment on vibrancy of clubs          Leave a Trace award for their service work.
which he/she will support with a
narrative.)
3D. Offering sociology and               3D. While we do not ask a close-ended question on times courses are            Goal somewhat met. Continued
criminal justice programs at night as    offered at least 4 of the 42 students mentioned in open-ended questions that   action is anticipated as this is
well as in day (we do not have           they sometimes had problems with courses they needed not being offered in      an ongoing goal. With the loss
faculty and numbers of majors to         particular term or at the same time as another course or spread out through    of one PhD sociologist last
justify this in social work at this      the day. This would suggest we are mostly successful on this goal though       year, we anticipate struggling
time). (Assessment: Chair will           we are clearly doing better for criminal justice majors and we advise          with this goal.
produce report indicating number of      students who need night classes to major in criminal justice.
courses in evening and day and will
provide data from exit surveys in         Table 3: Number of courses offered for CRJU & SOCI
which students make comments on           programs in day and night (5:30 or later)
times that courses were offered – if                         Fall 2010         Spring 2011
90% of students indicate                  CRJU night or             7                   8
satisfaction, we will consider that       Saturday               (50%)               (53.3%)
we are doing this well.)                  CRJU day                  7                    7
                                          SOCI night                8                   9
                                                                (26.6%)              (27.2%)
                                          SOCI day                 22                   24
3E. Continue to support student lab      3E. As indicated in 2G above, we still have and support student lab.           Goal satisfactorily met. Further
as place for students to learn and                                                                                      action is anticipated as this is
form community (added fall 2009).                                                                                       an ongoing goal and we will
(Assessment will simply be whether                                                                                      need to monitor both
we continue to have the student lab                                                                                     equipment and student use.
or not as well as indicating any
efforts we make in maintaining the
lab such as applications for
technology funds for equipment
when office staff report to chair that
they are having student complaints
about equipment.)
                             3F. The Chair will charge a              3F. The committee met and produced a report (included at end of this            Goal satisfactorily met &
                             departmental committee to study          document.) As indicated in the report, we recently began to have our            recommendations
                             departmental advising practices          Degree Program Specialist focus on populations at risk and populations that     implemented.
                             during 2010-11 academic year. The        help the university with our retention numbers. In addition, we are also
                             chair will ask the committee to make     expanding our advising efforts in three important ways. First, our Degree
                             recommendations especially with          Program Specialists is putting together a program to present to targeted
                             regard to at-risk student advising,      populations where she will help them understand our overall program but
                             intrusive advising, and retention.       also help learn to determine their GPAS and what they need to do to move
                             Advising should be defined more          successfully toward graduation. Second, the Director of our Social Work
                             broadly than to include only             Program, Dr. Huisman, is visiting 1000 & 2000 level social work courses
                             registration advice. (Added in fall      each term to explain the Social Work Program rules and regulations
                             2010.) (Assessment will be whether       including the admission process for the program. Third, while we are also
                             the committee is formed and makes        continuing our information sessions on graduate school (provided in
                             recommendations by end of year.)         conjunction with our student organizations), Dr. Hunt has started providing
                                                                      an information session about what students can do with a major in sociology
                                                                      that is sponsored by our sociology club.
                             3G. The department will continue         3G. The department received three computers during the summer for e Drs.        Goal satisfactorily met.
                             to upkeep, maintain, and purchase        Davies, Huisman, and White after requesting them in an end-of year request      However, further action is
                             all equipment and supplies               to the Pamplin College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office.                      ongoing.
                             (including software and books)
                             needed to make the office run
                             efficiently and to aid our teaching.
                             (added 2009) (Assessment: Chair
                             subjective determination through
                             working with staff to monitor the
                             department needs to order supplies,
                             equipment and teaching aids as
                             needed.)

                             3H. The department will post and         3H. The handbook is online and available to all students at                     Goal satisfactorily met. Further
                             upkeep a student handbook for            http://www.aug.edu/sociology/SOCI_CJ_HANDBOOK-2010.pdf.                         action is anticipated we will
                             sociology and criminal justice                                                                                           need to periodically update the
                             majors (Added in spring 2010).                                                                                           handbook as faculty, staff,
                             (Assessment will involve the chair                                                                                       programs, and practices
                             determining whether handbook is                                                                                          change.
                             online and up-to-date).

                             4A. The department will continue to      4A. The chair completed Faculty Certification Credential Forms for all          This goal is partially met. We
University Operational       ensure that faculty teach in             instructors for every course taught in fall 2010 and spring 2011. These         completed credentialing forms.
Goal # 4/PCAS Special        disciplines within our department        forms were forwarded to the Assistant Dean of the Pamplin College of Arts       However, this is a goal that will
Goal                         for which they are qualified to teach.   and Sciences and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. While the case is   continue and thus monitoring
Hiring, retaining, and       (See 2B above)                           made on these forms for the faculty teaching those courses, the sociology       by the chair will continue for
developing highly                                                     curriculum committee in preparing the credentialing syllabi indicated that      all classes. Moreover, the
proficient faculty, staff,                                            SOCI/SOWK 4421 (Gerontology) is not being taught as a sociology course.         Gerontology courses continues
and administrators.                                                  They have recommended that we no longer cross list course as a sociology      to pose a problem and thus we
Special Academic Affairs                                             course and that we look to finding an instructor who can teach it as a        will work toward a solution in
Guideline for 2010-2011:                                             sociology course.                                                             the future.
                                                                      


                           4B. The department will work              4B. See report above for 2C above. We are working on this goal but fear       Goal somewhat satisfactorily
                           toward limiting class enrollment as       class sizes may continue to grow if enrollment predictions come true and as   met though the range indicates
                           appropriate to pedagogical                the number of students majoring in our programs continues to increase. See    that some classes are very big.
                           excellence (relative to a particular      Table 4 which shows a trend of increasing majors.                             Further action is anticipated as
                           professor’s style) and high student                                                                                     this is an ongoing goal. We
                           retention. (See 2C above)                                                                                               will continue to monitor class
                                                                                          Table 4: Majors Spring 2008-Spring 2011                  sizes as this is an important
                                                                                                                                                   issue. Research indicates that
                                                                              Major          Sp    Fall     Sp     Fall     Sp      Fall    Sp     smaller sized classes are better
                                                                                            2008   2008    2009    2009    2010     2010   2011    for student learning. New hires
                                                                           Pre-SOWK          37     44      41      48      38       53     83     will be and have been
                                                                           Social Work       34     24       24     15      14       15     15     requested as necessary.
                                                                            Sociology        99     95      101    109     114      108     94
                                                                           Crim Justice     153     133     137     156    156      188    176
                                                                          CJ Associate       6       5       13      17     10       7      7
                                                                          Total             329     301     317     345    332      371    375




                           4C. Having introductory courses           4C. See 3b above which indicates we need more faculty members.                Goal satisfactorily met. Further
                           offered by full time faculty when                                                                                       action is anticipated as this is
                           possible to help bring in new                                                                                           an ongoing goal though we also
                           majors. (See 3B above)                                                                                                  suspect this will become more
                                                                                                                                                   difficult if the university is to
                                                                                                                                                   increase in size.

University Operational     5A. The department will hold a            5A. On Friday October 22, 2011; the department had a teaching retreat on      Goal satisfactorily met.
Goal # 5                   teaching brown bag in fall 2010           campus where Dr. Hunt shared how he is offering all courses he teaches
Seek out and make use      where Dr. Hunt will review how he         except for 3001 and 3002 as online courses.
of appropriate             is instituting on-line teaching as part
technologies and           of his courses.
facilities that enhance
teaching, learning, and
service.
                           5B. The department will have on-            5B. The spring 2011 schedule had two on-line course options for students.                 Goal satisfactorily met.
                           line course options noted on the            Dr. Hunt offered Sociology 1101J and Sociology 3340 as online courses in
                           spring 2011 schedule for at least one       spring 2011.
                           course.

                           (Assessment: Any evidence of any
                           of these activities will indicate
                           success and when possible,
                           departmental minutes will also
                           provide evidence of support.).
University Operational     The department will continue to             The chair assessed faculty with regard to service and no faculty received a               Goal satisfactorily met.
Goal # 7 (Special          provide public service through              score lower than a “3” on the service part of their annual evaluations                    However, further action is
Academic Affairs Goal      student clubs and individual faculty        indicating “Performance Expectations Met.” Our student groups reported                    ongoing as this goal will
#4 )                       and staff efforts. The chair will           doing a variety of projects such as sponsoring Violence Awareness Week                    continue.
Provide educational,       continue to encourage the                   2010, ASU; Book drive for Augusta RYDC; Drive for Safe Homes of
cultural, and              involvement of faculty in                   Augusta; Paid for shuttles for upcoming Take Back the Day walk for
professional services to   community activities through the            awareness of sexual assault. (Walk beginning at ASU); donated, taking
the community through      faculty role model planning and             donations, and packing pencil boxes for children in the Amy Beihl
continuing education       faculty club advisors will continue         Foundation in South Africa and more. The Criminal Justice Club won an
programs, performing       to encourage and support service            award for their service work. Finally, Dr. Ness and Dr. Foley took students
arts programs, and         work by members of the                      on a study abroad trip to Capetown South Africa.
faculty and staff public   departmental clubs.
service.
                           (Assessment: These efforts are
                           assessed through the annual faculty
                           evaluations based on the faculty role
                           model. The Student Activities Office
                           includes service as a component of
                           what they evaluate with student
                           organizations each year and as
                           such, our student clubs report their
                           activities to Student Activities.
                           Finally, the department regularly
                           reports such efforts to the Public
                           Relations office in the annual
                           department “brag sheet.”)
University Strategic       USG1. The chair will work with              USG1. During the 2010 evaluation period, the chair had Dr. Allison Foley update her       Goals somewhat
Goal # 1                   faculty, when appropriate, to ensure that   role model agreement to specify the grant work she had initiated after her initial role
                                                                                                                                                                 satisfactorily met. We
Enhance External Support   their faculty role model agreements         model was submitted. Further, the following appears on Dr. Foley’s annual report as
                           include their work for obtaining and        written by the chair: “I wholeheartedly support Dr. Foley’s work on the Office of         struggle with the DFCS
that Leads to Faculty                                                                                                                                            grant issue as the grant is on
                           receiving grants.                           Violence Against Women Grant. The Dean of our College demanded that each
Growth and Development
and Student Success.
                                                                       department had someone from each department work on grants. Thus, Dr. Foley’s             hold. Further action is
                           USG2. At least one faculty member will      work on this grant (which pulled her away somewhat from pushing to get articles out
                                                                                                                                                                 ongoing as this goal will
                           work with the grants office to submit a     for review), helped the department greatly and will also hopefully pay off for her in
                           grant during the 2010-2011 academic         the future.”                                                                              continue.
                           year.
                                                                         USG2. Dr. Foley’s work as reported in USG1 includes working on a Office of
                            USG3. The Social Work Program will           Violence Against Women Grant. Working with Kim Gray of the Grant’s Office and
                            consider whether it is time to reapply for   others, this group is finding it difficult to bring some aspects of campus on board to
                            the DFCS IVe grant program.                  support their work toward this goal.

                            Assessment of this plan/effort will be       USG3. Dr. Huisman has worked diligently toward this goal, however, with the State
                            assessed by the chair who will report        budget problems Dr. Huisman was informed on 2/10/2011 by Denise Edwards from
                            whether these activities have been           DFCS, that due to state budget issues, our 4-E proposal is going to go on temporary
                            undertaken and when possible,                hold, and other BSW programs will temporarily stop admitting students into the
                            departmental minutes will also provide       program. The chair added a request for a new line to the end of the year budget
                            evidence of support.                         request that she has prepared in anticipation of Pamplin College of Arts and Sciences
                                                                         Dean’s office request.
University Strategic        Many of the goals noted above in this        See assessments for each of these goals above in this document.                          See above.
Goal # 3                    document serve the purpose for which
Enhance Student             they are noted as well as possibly
                            contributing to student matriculation and
Matriculation and
                            academic success -- especially our work
Academic Success.           with regard to retention. These goals
                            include 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G as
                            well as 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 3E, 3F, 3G, &
                            3H. They are not listed here in an
                            attempt to make this document
                            manageable.
Student Learning            1. Criminal Justice: The Chair will          1. From 8/24/2010 Department Meeting Minutes, “Dr. Davies charged the                    This goal was not met. The
Outcome Goals               charge the Criminal Justice                  CRJU curriculum committee to study the major in light of last year’s                     Criminal Justice Programs will
                            Committee to review the major and            assessment and report suggestions by Feb 15.” However at the February 1,                 undergo a self-study program
Each department will        make any suggestions for changes in          2011 meeting, “Reese reported that the CJ Curriculum committee needs to                  review in 2011-12.
accomplish the              light of their findings from their           meet and review possible changes to the program. Davies noted that they
following, as appropriate   2010 assessment of learning goals            may be able to put that on hold and rolled into next year’s mandated
to its degree programs      and the discovery that all courses do        program review.” The CRJU Committee decided to wait until next year for
and core curriculum         not feed into the goals.                     this review.
offerings:
                                                                         Note: ETS Exit Exams are being normed and thus we had no exit exam data
                                                                         this past year. Students did complete courses as required thus this part of
                                                                         assessment goals were met.
                            2. Gerontology: The Chair will               2. Chair did a cursory review of the status of the Gerontology minor. She                The goal of reviewing was met
                            review the Gerontology minor with            noted that the department is not actually offering the minor since we have no            and indicated we were failing
                            the faculty and make suggestions             one to teach SOCI 3320 (Aging). Currently, we have only one minor and                    to adequately offer a
                            regarding the minor program and              we let her take SOCI 3375 (Death, Grief, and Caring) in place of 3320 and                gerontology minor. The
                            whether they should move forward             an additional relevant social work course – something that could help in                 department has requested a new
                            in developing learning outcomes              working with aging populations. The department agreed that we will not                   faculty line as a result of our
                            during the 2010-2011 academic                move forward in developing any learning outcomes since we really need a                  review.
                            year.                                        new line and a new faculty member to make this program work. All were in
                                                                         agreement that with the end of our social work minor and the aging
                                                                         population expected to grow (see Appendix A), it makes sense for us to have
                                                                         a vibrant gerontology minor. Thus the chair is requesting a new line for the
                                                                         gerontology program from the Dean’s office and we will wait to proceed
                                         with assessment until the program is up and running again.




3. Social Work: The Chair will           3. We have not assessed yet the learning outcomes for the results, but the     The goal of accreditation was
charge the social work curriculum        chair did charge committee on 8/24/2010 and as indicated above, we are         met and as part of the
committee to continue moving             making progress toward accreditation. The learning outcome measures are        accreditation it was determined
toward accreditation and to collect      still in progress as of 6/8/2011. The Social Work Curriculum Committee         that learning outcome forms
more data on learning outcomes as        and Director Dr. Huisman are looking at how they assess and this is a          will change within the program
what data we have is based on very       continuing process and part of the accreditation process.                      and thus this is something the
few students since we have small                                                                                        social work committee will
graduating cohort.                                                                                                      work on this year.

4. Sociology: The Chair will             4. Davies charged the committee on 8/24/2011 and they have agreed to           The discussions about theory
charge the Sociology committed to        continue talking about theory but they focused more this year on reviewing     are ongoing as is the discussion
continue to review the learning          the credentialing syllabi for sociology and thinking about where the           about where the program will
outcomes with their goal to focus on     department and this program may progress to within next several years.         go especially with the loss of
the theory course as the theory test     ETS results continue to show are students score low relatively on theory and   Dr. Johnston who was the
scores are consistently lower than       we continue to believe this is because the exam is multiple choice and         committee chair.
the national mean.                       misses some of our focus – this will continue to be something we work on.

5. General Education: The general        5. The committee did this and the committee completed assessment and           The goal satisfactorily met
education curriculum committee           reported results this fall as required (also pasted below at end of this       though the process of assessing
will continue to assess General          document).                                                                     general education will
Education Learning Outcomes (IIIa,                                                                                      continue.
IIIb, & IIIc) with embedded
questions in course examinations of
at least four introductory sociology
courses at least once during the year.
A consideration of whether to
increase the number of students
and/or courses included will be
considered.

(Assessment: The chair will report
what progress has been made and
departmental minutes will be used to
show discussions where
appropriate.)
    D) Closing the Loop from the previous year for those items that were not addressed in the unit plan end-of-year report

     Table D₁: Use of Results Related to the Achievement of Student Learning Outcomes
                Key Findings from the Last Round of Assessment                      Changes/Improvements Made as a
                         of Student Learning Outcomes                                   Result of These Findings
          in Each Major and Free-Standing Minor in the Department
Gerontology Minor: Chair did a cursory review of the status of the Gerontology minor. She            The department has requested a new faculty
reported to the department faculty that the department is not actually offering the minor since we   line as a result of our review. While that line
have no one to teach SOCI 3320 (Aging). Currently, we have only one minor and we let her             has not been granted, the department listed
take SOCI 3375 (Death, Grief, and Caring) in place of 3320 and an additional relevant social         gerontology as an area for the position they
work course – something that could help in working with aging populations. The department            are currently seeking to replace Dr. Robert
agreed that we will not move forward in developing any learning outcomes since we really need a      Johnston’s position.
new line and a new faculty member to make this program work. All were in agreement that with
the end of our social work minor and the aging population expected to grow (see Appendix A), it
makes sense for us to have a vibrant gerontology minor. Thus the chair is requesting a new line
for the gerontology program from the Dean’s office and we will wait to proceed with assessment
until the program is up and running again.
Social Work Program: While learning outcomes for the Social Work Program are still in                The department instituted a portfolio
process as the Social Work Program committee works to meet new ways of assessing and doing           requirement for the SOWK 3401 course to
learning outcomes for the Council of Social Work Education Accrediting board. One step to            help in assessment of all of the social work
improving the program moved forward. After review by the social work curriculum committee,           majors. The Social work program will
the department instituted a portfolio requirement for the SOWK 3401 course to help in                undergo a comprehensive program review in
assessment of all of the social work majors                                                          the 2011-2012 academic year.
Sociology Program: Findings from ETS exit exams continue to indicate that students are doing          Davies charged the committee on 8/24/2011
well in all areas except theory.                                                                     and they have agreed to continue talking
                                                                                                     about theory but they focused more this year
                                                                                                     on reviewing the credentialing syllabi for
                                                                                                     sociology and thinking about where the
                                                                                                     department and this program may progress to
                                                                                                     within next several years. No changes made
                                                                                                     yet.
Criminal Justice Programs: ETS exit exams are being normed and thus we had no criminal               No changes made. The Criminal Justice
justice exam results to consider.                                                                    Programs will both undergo Comprehensive
                                                                                                     Program Reviews in the 2011-2012 academic
                                                                                                     year.
Table D₂: Summarize the results of actions that were undertaken this past year in an attempt to improve the rates of retention,
progression toward graduation, and graduation of students.

        Key Findings from the Last                                                        Changes Made
Round of Assessment of Efforts to Improve                 as a Result of Assessment of Efforts Related to Retention, Progression toward
Retention, Progression toward Graduation,                                   Graduation, and Graduation of Students:
       and Graduation of Students:
The Department Advising Committee met and                   1.   Department Degree Program Specialists is putting together a program to present to
produced a report indicating that we were doing a good           targeted at-risk populations where she will help them understand our overall program but
job with advising and that our students were satisfied.          also help learn to determine their GPAs and what they need to do to move successfully
Nevertheless, the committee made recommendations                 toward graduation.
for improvement that were instituted and are included       2.   The Director of our Social Work Program, will visit 1000 & 2000 level social work courses
in the next column                                               each term to explain the Social Work Program rules and regulations including the
                                                                 admission process for the program.
                                                            3.   While we continue our information sessions on graduate school (provided in conjunction
                                                                 with our student organizations), Dr. Hunt will be providing an information session about
                                                                 what students can do with a major in sociology that is sponsored by our sociology club.
     E) The Current Year’s Unit Plan including Goals and Expected Outcomes for this Year

                Goals for the Current Year¹                                                         Action Plan and Assessment Plan¹

Goals and Objectives from ASU in Action for Excellence: Strategic Plan 2010-2015

Strategic Plan Goal 1: Enhance external support that leads to                   SP1. The chair will work with faculty, when appropriate, to ensure that their faculty role model
faculty growth and development and student success.                             agreements include their work for obtaining and receiving grants. (Chair will report whether
                                                                                complete.)
Objective 1.1 – Enhance the institution’s culture of seeking external
funding through policy changes, education, and increased institutional          SP2. At least one faculty member will work with the grants office during the 2011-2012
support.                                                                        academic year. (Chair will report whether completed.)

Objective 1.2 – Increase the annual number of submissions for institutional
grants so that by FY 2015 the institution submits at least four institutional
grants per year.

Objective 1.3 – Increase faculty and departmental grant and contract
submissions for research, instruction and public service.
Strategic Plan Goal 2: Increase the percentage of graduates who                 SP2. The department will continue to maintain accreditation for the Bachelor of Social Work
major in high-demand fields.                                                    (BSW) program. (Assessed by chair determining whether the program is still accredited and
                                                                                report from Social Work Director indicating they are meeting request from accrediting body.)
Objective 2.1 – Recruit more high-ability students in high demand fields.

Objective 2.2 – Retain more students in high-demand majors from their
first to second year and increase their progression toward graduation.

Objective 2.3 – Develop new programs in high-demand majors.
Strategic Plan Goal 3: Enhance student matriculation and                        SP 3. Dr. Hunt will serve on the On Line Education Council
academic success.
                                                                                SP 3. The department will have on-line course options noted each term for at least one course.
Objective 3.1 – Provide more online learning opportunities.
                                                                                Assessment: Any evidence of any of these activities will indicate success and when possible,
Objective 3.2 – Increase the retention rate of the students who enroll in the   departmental minutes will also provide evidence of support.
university.

Strategic Plan Goal 4: Increase the percentage of students in                   SP 4 The department will talk about the possibility of offering master’s program or a minor or
upper-division and graduate-level courses.                                      certificate in methods possibly with other departments in the Pamplin College of Arts.
                                                                                Assessment: Any evidence of any of these activities will indicate success and when possible,
Objective 4.1 – Increase student connectedness to the university by             departmental minutes will also provide evidence of support.
transitioning from a transactional mode to an engaged mode of advising.
Objective 4.2 – Address non-academic burdens on students to increase
progression and six-year graduation rates.

Objective 4.3 – Improve responsiveness to the needs of transfer students.

Objective 4.4 – Improve retention through expanded and targeted new
programs and course offerings.

University Operational Goals &
Pamplin College of Arts and Sciences Special Goals
University Operational Goal # 2                                             2A. The department will continue to maintain accreditation for the Bachelor of Social Work
Maintain high-quality academic programs in which curricular                 (BSW) program.
offerings are continuously updated to meet the needs of a rapidly
                                                                            2B The department will continue to ensure that instructors/professors teach courses for which
changing world and a dynamic career marketplace.
                                                                            they are qualified to teach.

                                                                            2C. The department will work toward limiting class enrollment as appropriate to pedagogical
                                                                            excellence (relative to a particular professor’s style) and high student retention.

                                                                            2D. The department will continue to support study abroad opportunities by proposing study
                                                                            abroad courses and partaking in study abroad programs if approved.

                                                                            2E. The department will continue to support undergraduate research within the department by
                                                                            supporting faculty efforts to involve students in presentations on and off campus including the
                                                                            SEUSS and PKP conferences in spring 2012..

                                                                            2F. The department will work to increase internship opportunities and satisfaction with
                                                                            internships (added fall 2009).

                                                                            2G. The department will continue to support student lab as place for students to learn, work on
                                                                            research, and form community.

                                                                            Assessment of Goal #2: Much of the assessment is completed by the department chair who
                                                                            reviews data when available or simply reports whether and how goals are being met in
                                                                            subsequent unit plans and whether they are done effectively when appropriate.

                                                                            3A. We will continue to work to advise well and the chair will hold advising workshops for new
University Operational Goal # 3 + USG Enhanced Advisement                   faculty or to help make clarifications as curriculum changes. (Chair will review exit survey data
Processes Plan                                                              to assess success in this area. If 90% of students strongly agree or agree that advising is well
                                                                            done on exit surveys and if 80% of students who mention advising in comments indicate advising
Improve recruitment, retention, and satisfaction of students
                                                                            is good, we will conclude we are advising well.). *Note we may have to make changes if and
through effective marketing, course offerings, convenient course          when our front desk person retires as she helps with advising. The chair and faculty will discuss
scheduling, quality advisement, and programs that meet the needs          this possibility and determine what changes may be effective/needed in this case.
of students.
                                                                          3B. Having introductory courses offered by full time faculty when possible to help bring in new
Special PCAS goal and subgoals related to the Enhanced Advising           majors. (Chair will report what percent of introductory courses are offered by full time faculty
Processes Plan, which is mandated by the University System of             and if not 80% or higher, will report why we are not meeting this goal and plans to meet goal
Georgia.                                                                  will be determined.)

1.Develop effective strategies and methods for proactive/responsive       3C. Encouraging vibrant student clubs. (Chair will use reports that come from Student
advisement of students within all departments. These strategies and       activities or the student groups to make a subjective assessment on vibrancy of clubs which
methods should be designed and executed so as to comply with the          he/she will support with a narrative.)
BOR Enhanced Advising Processes Plan and to help achieve relevant
                                                                          3D. Offering sociology and criminal justice programs at night as well as in day (we do not have
goals included in the Academic Affairs Unit Plan for AY 2011-2012.
                                                                          faculty and numbers of majors to justify this in social work at this time). (Assessment: Chair
Each unit within the College will:                                        will produce report indicating number of courses in evening and day and will provide data from
                                                                          exit surveys in which students make comments on times that courses were offered – if 90% of
    a.   Specify in the 2011-2012 unit plan efforts to improve            students indicate satisfaction, we will consider that we are doing this well.)
         advising, including in particular proactive and responsive
         strategies and actions to be employed with students who are at   3E. Continue to support student lab as place for students to learn and form community (added
         risk.                                                            fall 2009). (Assessment will simply be whether we continue to have the student lab or not as
                                                                          well as indicating any efforts we make in maintaining the lab such as applications for
    b.   Specify planned method(s) for assessing the effectiveness of     technology funds for equipment when office staff report to chair that they are having student
         each effort. Annually assess advising effectiveness in each of   complaints about equipment.)
         the following categories:                                        3F. The department will continue to upkeep, maintain, and purchase all equipment and supplies
                Individual advisors and advising units                   (including software and books) needed to make the office run efficiently and to aid our teaching.
                Proactive/responsive advising strategies/methods         (added 2009) (Assessment: Chair subjective determination through working with staff to
                   with at-risk students                                  monitor the department needs to order supplies, equipment and teaching aids as needed.)
                Student satisfaction with advising
                Course advising accuracy                                 3G. The department will post online and upkeep a student handbook for sociology and criminal
                                                                          justice majors (Added in spring 2010). (Assessment will involve the chair determining whether
                                                                          handbook is online and up-to-date).
    c.   Evaluate yearly the advising effectiveness of all faculty and
         professional advisors as part of their annual review, which      3H. The department will hold formal information sessions on graduate school. (Assessment:
         will be included as part of the promotion and tenure process     Any evidence of any of these activities will indicate success and when possible, departmental
         for faculty advisors.                                            minutes will also provide evidence of support.)

    d. As soon as Degreeworks is adapted to fit the needs of each         3I. Department Degree Program Specialists is putting together a program to present to targeted
       unit, the unit will incorporate the use of Degreeworks into the    at-risk populations where she will help them understand our overall program but also help learn
       advisement of students.                                            to determine their GPAs and what they need to do to move successfully toward graduation.
                                                                          This is an addition this year as a result of 10-11 Assessment and recommendation by the
                                                                          Departmental Advising Committee.
                                                                          3J. The Director of our Social Work Program, will visit 1000 & 2000 level social work courses
                                                                          each term to explain the Social Work Program rules and regulations including the admission
                                                                          process for the program. This is an addition this year as a result of 10-11 Assessment and
                                                                          recommendation by the Departmental Advising Committee.

                                                                          3K. While we continue our information sessions on graduate school (provided in conjunction
                                                                          with our student organizations), Dr. Hunt will be providing an information session about what
                                                                          students can do with a major in sociology that is sponsored by our sociology club. This is an
                                                                          addition this year as a result of 10-11 Assessment and recommendation by the Departmental
                                                                          Advising Committee. (Assessment: Any evidence of any of these activities will indicate
                                                                          success and when possible, departmental minutes will also provide evidence of support.)


                                                                          3L. The Degree Program Specialist will use Degreeworks to determine if students core courses
                                                                          are met when it is unclear that they are met. (Assessment: Any evidence of any of these
                                                                          activities will indicate success and when possible, departmental minutes will also provide
                                                                          evidence of support.)

University Operational Goal # 4/PCAS Special Goal)                        Most every part of what our department does is directly affected by hiring, retaining, and
Hiring, retaining, and developing highly proficient faculty, staff,       developing highly proficient faculty and staff. Thus, in a sense all our goals are directly related
and administrators.                                                       to University Operational Goal#4. Specifically, however, we note the direct relatedness of the
                                                                          following goals for which assessment may directly lead to requests for additional faculty and
                                                                          staff:
PCAS Special Goal:
Restore funding for as many existing faculty lines as possible.           4A. The department will continue to ensure that faculty teach in disciplines within our
Department chairs will meet with the Dean to discuss tenure-track         department for which they are qualified to teach. (See 2B above)
positions for which funding was reduced during recent budget cuts,
with a view to restore funding of these positions to levels competitive   4B. The department will work toward limiting class enrollment as appropriate to pedagogical
in the marketplace. Assessment: Evaluate the degree to which              excellence (relative to a particular professor’s style) and high student retention. (See 2C above)
restoration of funding/number of positions occurs by the end of the
                                                                          4C. Having introductory courses offered by full time faculty when possible to help bring in new
fiscal year.                                                              majors. (See 3B above)

University Operational Goal # 5                                           UOG 5: Dr. Hunt will serve on the On Line Education Council
Provide and maintain superior technologies and facilities to
support the university’s educational purposes.                            UOG 5: The department will have on-line course options noted each term for at least one
                                                                          course.
Special PCAS Goal: Efforts to Deliver Coursework Online                   UOG 5: Departmental advertisement for new position will reference on line teaching.
    1. Each department should ensure that faculty role models reflect
        proper consideration for work in delivering online instruction.   Assessment: Any evidence of any of these activities will indicate success and when possible,
        Assessment: The Dean annually reviews faculty role model          departmental minutes will also provide evidence of support.
        agreements.
    2. The college presently concentrates on identifying specific
         populations especially appropriate for successful online
         delivery of course work or programs. Future delivery of
         courses at a broader level will first require each unit to
         develop the capability to offer online instruction in various
         hybrid/blended options.
           a. Thus, each department within the College will update
                its plan to deliver appropriate courses through online
                delivery, or by means of a blend of regular class
                meetings and online delivery. The latter approach will
                allow maximization of classroom space while
                minimizing the negative aspects of some models of
                online delivery, such as higher withdrawal rates.
                Assessment: The Dean will review in each
                department’s unit plan the 2011-2012 plan for online
                delivery of courses.
           b. Advertisements to fill faculty positions within the
                College will include mention of our strong interest in
                candidates’ interest in and capacity for delivery of
                coursework online. The Dean approves all position
                announcements to fill faculty positions within the
                College.

Student Learning Outcome Goals
Each department will accomplish the following, as appropriate to its degree programs and core curriculum offerings:

    1.   Identify in this column the desired learning outcomes for students pursuing degree program(s) within the unit.
    2.   Specify in the column to the right the unit’s plan for the year to help students achieve these and the plan to assess students’ achievement of each desired
         outcome.
    3.   Target institutionally adopted general education learning outcomes to be learned by students enrolled in core curriculum course(s) offered by the
         department.
    4.   Specify how the unit plans to assess student achievement of each targeted general education learning outcome within specified core course(s) taught in
         the unit.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDENT LEARNING                                           Assessment Outcomes:
           OBJECTIVES                                                       Learning Outcome 1 Assessment:
Students graduating with a B.A. in criminal justice will:                   1. (1a, 1b, 1c) The mean score for the ASU graduating seniors on the
1. Have a basic understanding of core criminal justice                         ETS Major Field Test in Criminal Justice (Total Score) will be
   concepts, theories, and their interrelationships,                  higher than the national institutional mean for the exam.
   including:                                                    2.   (1a, 1b, 1c) The mean score for ASU graduating seniors on the ETS
   a. the use of concepts and theories in criminal                    Major Field Test in Criminal Justice Assessment Indicator (1) for
       explanation
                                                                      Theories of Criminal Behavior will be higher than the national
   b. basic criminal justice structures and the reciprocal
       relations among individuals, small groups,                     institutional mean score on this portion of the exam.
       organizations, and the societies in which they are        3.   (1a, 1b, 1c) Students will successfully complete the required course
       embedded                                                       in introduction to criminal justice.
   c. the role of theory in criminological analysis              4.   (1b) Students will successfully complete the required course in law
                                                                      and society.
2. Have a basic understanding of research in criminal            5.   (1a, 1b, 1c) Students will successfully complete the required course
   justice, including:
                                                                      in social deviance.
    a. an understanding of the major data sources use by
        criminologists                                           6.   (1a, 1b, 1c) Students will successfully complete the required course
    b. the role of theory as well as the designs, techniques,         in social theory.
        and logic of criminological research
    c. the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative and             Learning Outcome 2Assessment Measures:
        quantitative analysis of data                               1. (2a, 2b, 2c) The mean score for ASU graduating seniors on the
    d. the ethical issues that arise in the course of research          ETS Major Field Test in Criminal Justice Assessment Indicator
    e. the critical evaluation of basic as well as applied              (7) for Research Methodology and Statistics will be higher than
        research                                                        the national institutional mean score on this section of the exam.
                                                                    2. (2d) The mean score for ASU graduating seniors on the ETS
3. Have a basic understanding of the law enforcement
   division of criminal justice including:                              Major Field Test in Criminal Justice Assessment Indicator (6)
   a. the history of law enforcement and policing                       Critical Thinking will be higher than the national institutional
   b. the philosophy of law enforcement                                 mean score on this section of the exam.
   c. contemporary law enforcement models & methods                 3. (2a,2b,2c,2d) Students will successfully complete the required
   d. legal aspects of law enforcement & criminal                       two-course sequence in research methods.
        investigation
                                                                 Learning Outcome 3 Assessment Measures:
4. Have a basic understanding of the administration of              1. (3a,3b,3c) The mean score for ASU graduating seniors on the
   justice including:                                                   ETS Major Field Test Assessment Indicator (3) for Law
    a. pretrial procedures                                              Enforcement will be higher than the national institutional mean
    b. trial                                                        score on this section of the exam.
    c. sentencing options and decision making processes          2. (3d) The mean score for ASU graduating seniors on the ETS
    d. civil rights and other legal definitions of court            Major Field Test in Criminal Justice Assessment Indicator (2)
       procedures
                                                                    for The Law will be higher than the national institutional mean
5. Have a basic understanding of historical, philosophical,         score on this section of the exam.
   and contemporary issues relevant to the operation of the
   correctional system and its subsystems, including:         Learning Outcome 4 Assessment Measures:
    a. probation                                                     1.(4a,4b,4c) The mean score for the ASU graduating seniors on
    b. institutional corrections                                     the ETS Major Field Test in Criminal Justice Assessment
    c. community corrections                                         Indicator (5) for The Court System will be higher than the
    d. parole and prisoner reentry                                   national student mean on this section of the exam.
    e. prisoner rights and correctional law                          2.(4d) The mean score for ASU graduating seniors on the ETS
                                                                     Major Field Test in Criminal Justice Assessment Indicator (2)
                                                                     for The Law will be higher than the national institutional mean
                                                                     score on this section of the exam.
                                                                     3. (4a,4b,4c) Students will successfully complete the required
                                                                     course in judicial process.

                                                              Learning Outcome 5 Assessment Measures:
                                                                  1. (5a,5b,5c,5d) The mean score for the ASU graduating seniors
                                                                     on the ETS Major Field Test in Criminal Justice Assessment
                                                                     Indicator (4) for Corrections will be higher than the national
                                                                     student mean on this section of the exam.
                                                                  2. (5e) The mean score for ASU graduating seniors on the ETS
                                                                     Major Field Test in Criminal Justice Assessment Indicator (2)
                                                                     for The Law will be higher than the national institutional mean
                                                                     score on this section of the exam.
The gerontology program is at a standstill at this time as    Assessment: Chair will indicate whether a new hire with the ability to
we search for a new faculty member, if this faculty member    teach gerontology has been hired.
is able to teach gerontology we will move forward with this
program. Only goal for program: find faculty member able
to teach course in gerontology. We are not currently
measuring outcomes.


     SOCIOLOGY STUDENT LEARNING                                      SOCIOLOGY ASSESSMENT PLAN AND ASSESMENT
             OBJECTIVES                                                            COMPLETED IN FALL 2009
                                                                                             Prepared By
Students graduating with a B.A. in sociology will:                               Sociology Curriculum Committee
   1. Have a basic understanding of core sociological               (B. Johnston [chair], T. Powell-Williams, R. Ness, M. Powell-
       concepts, theories, and their interrelationships,                                  Williams, D. Hunt)
       including:
     a. the use of concepts and theories in sociological     Students graduating with a B.A. in sociology will:
                                                              
         explanation                                         Learning Outcome/Goal 1 Assessment Measures:
     b. basic social structures and the reciprocal relations 1. (1a, 1b, 1c) The mean score for the ASU graduating seniors on the
         among individuals, small groups, organizations, and
                                                                ETS Major Field Test in Sociology (Total Score) will be higher
         the societies in which they are embedded
     c. the role of theory in sociological analysis             than the national institutional mean for the exam.
                                                             2. (1a, 1b, 1c) The mean score for ASU graduating seniors on the ETS
  2. Have a basic understanding of research in sociology,       Major Field Test Assessment Indicator (1) for General Theory will
      including:                                                be higher than the national institutional mean score on this portion
      a. The role of theory as well as the designs,             of the exam.
          techniques, and logic of sociological research     3. (1a, 1b, 1c) Students will successfully complete the required course
      b. the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative and
          quantitative analysis of data                         in social theory.
     c. the ethical issues that arise in the course of
        research                                                 Learning Outcome/Goal 2 Assessment Measures:
     d. the critical evaluation of basic as well as applied         1. (2a, 2b, 2c, 2d) The mean score for ASU graduating seniors on
        research                                                        the ETS Major Field Test Assessment Indicator (2) for
                                                                        Methodology and Statistics will be higher than the national
 3. Have a basic understanding of at least one or more                  institutional mean score on this section of the exam.
    substantive areas of sociology, including, but not              2. Students will successfully complete the required two-course
    limited to:
                                                                        sequence in research methods.
    a. social institutions (e.g., family, religion, education,
          polity)
     b.   social processes (e.g., social psychology, social      Learning Outcome/Goal 3 Assessment Measures:
          change, urbanization, globalization, social               1. (3a) The mean score for ASU graduating seniors on the ETS
          problems)                                                     Major Field Test Assessment Indicator (6) for Social
     c.   deviance and social control                                   Institutions will be higher than the national institutional mean
     d.   social stratification/inequality (e.g., race, class,
                                                                        score on this section of the exam.
          gender, ethnicity, religion)
     e.   multiculturalism (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity,          2. Students will successfully complete a two-course sequence in a
          religion)                                                     track of their choosing from one of the four tracks, social
                                                                        institutions, social processes, deviance/problems,
 4. Have acquired basic skills related to sociological                  diversity/inequality.
    inquiry, including:
     a. critical thinking                                        Learning Outcome/Goal 4Assessment Measures:
     b. communicating effectively through writing and               1. (4) The mean score for the ASU graduating seniors on the ETS
        speaking                                                        Major Field Test in Sociology Subscore (2) for Critical
     c. computer skills necessary to find, create, apply,
                                                                        Thinking will be higher than the national student mean on this
        and communicate sociological information.
                                                                        section of the exam.
SOCIAL WORK LEARNING OUTCOMES                                    This is the current assessment plan for social work but this will be
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:         changing soon as the learning outcomes are changed to reflect new
                                                                 accreditation requirements.
   1. Apply critical thinking skills within the context of
      professional social work practice.                         The program has a four pronged assessment plan. The twelve specific
   2. Practice within the values and ethics of the social        objectives outlined below will be measured through the program
      work profession and with an understanding of and           assessment instrument also listed below. These forms will be filled out
      respect for the positive values of diversity.              by the students as well as the field supervisors at the end of each
   3. Demonstrate the professional use of self.                  supervision course. We are setting a benchmark of at least 90% of
   4. Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression          responses falling in the category of “5” of “met very well”.
      and discrimination and the strategies of change that               There are two additional procedures, each of a more qualitative
      advance social and economic justice.                       nature, which we will be used as well. The first of these two will
   5. Understand the history of the social work profession       involve a focus group with the exiting seniors during the last class
      and its current structures and issues.                     meeting of the Senior Seminar. As a group, seniors will be asked to
   6. Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social        evaluate the program by answering the following three questions:
    work practice with systems of all sizes.                        1. Based on your experience, what are the strengths and
7. Apply knowledge of bio-psycho-social variables that                  weaknesses of the program?
    affect individual development and behavior, and use             2. How well do you feel the program has prepared you for
    theoretical frameworks to understand the interactions               generalist social work practice?
    among individuals and between individuals and                   3. How well did the program help you to develop a
    social systems (i.e., families, groups, organizations,              professional value base for beginning professional practice?
    and communities).                                        This evaluation will provide feedback on how well students feel the
8. Analyze the impact of social policies on client           program has prepared them for practice. These result will be shared
    systems, workers, and agencies.                          with the social work curriculum committee and from these results,
9. Evaluate research studies and apply findings to           changes can be considered and implemented within the program.
    practice and, under supervision, evaluate one’s own
    practice interventions and those of other relevant
    systems.
10. Use communication skills differentially with a
    variety of client populations, colleagues, and
    members of the community.
11. Use supervision appropriate to generalist practice.
12. Function within the structure of organizations and
    service delivery systems and, under supervision,
    seek necessary organizational change.
Education Assessment Action Plan     
Course Subject and Number: Sociology 1101 Semester Plan Goes Into Effect: Fall 2011
Outcome     Previous        Assessment Method To Be         Criterion for Success     Changes in Assessment From             Changes in Curriculum or
To Be       Learning        Used                                                      AY2011                                 Instruction From AY2011
Assessed    Outcome
            Achievement
            (S/U/New)
E           New             Embedded exam questions         80% or more of            While the assessment method            We did not make curriculum
                                                            students answer all       remains the same, the questions will   changes based on last year’s
                                                            correct.                  change to reflect the new learning     assessment due to fact that we
                                                                                      outcome: “Student will understand      were successful. However,
                                                                                      the complexity and diversity of        individual faculty continue to
                                                                                      human behavior.”                       work to improve all courses as
                                                                                                                             indicated in their role models.
III         New             Analyses of grade               80% or more of student    New assessment and new outcome         NA
                            distribution of an essay        will earn grades of “B”   to be measured.
                            assignment given in at least    or higher on essay
                            two classes that assesses       assignment
                            students' ability to “analyze
                            multiple perspectives on
                            issues relevant to
                            contemporary society.”

General Education Assessment Action Plan 
Course Subject and Number: Sociology 1160 Semester Plan Goes Into Effect: Fall 2011
Outcome To Previous          Assessment Method To Be Used      Criterion for Success            Changes in Assessment        Changes in Curriculum or
Be Assessed Learning                                                                            From AY2011                  Instruction From AY2011
               Outcome
               Achievement
               (S/U/New)
III            New           Analyses of grade distribution of 80% or more of student           New assessment and new       NA
                             an essay assignment given in at   will earn grades of “B”          outcome to be measured.
                             least two classes that assesses   or higher on essay
                             students' ability to “analyze     assignment
                             multiple perspectives on issues
                             relevant to contemporary
society.”

				
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