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Date Received Fall 2007 Semester Assessment Report Form DUE March 31st, 2008 Directions: Please complete a form for each of the programs within your department. This form was designed to provide a format for assessment reporting and should not be used to limit the amount of information provided. Each box that is attached to each of the sections is designed to adjust to varying lengths. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Bea Babbitt at x51506 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. 1. Program Information: Program Experimental Psychology Doctoral Program Department Psychology College Liberal Arts Program Douglas Ferraro Assessment Coordinator Semester Data Fall 2007 Collected Report Douglas Ferraro Submitted by Phone/email 702-895-0189/ Douglas.email@example.com Date Submitted 5.06.08 2. According to the Assessment Plan for this program, what were the planned assessments to be conducted during the 2007-2008 Academic Year? You may want to copy and paste from this program’s assessment plan. Which outcomes for How did you measure What results did you expect? If the this program were the outcomes? students performed well what would measured? their performance look like, i.e. percentages, means, or comparisons to a national standard? ___2_outcomes out of a total of __5__ outcomes evaluated this semester. # 1. Students should Outcome was measured It was expected that by year three in be able to present their by tallying conference the program students would present at knowledge to relevant presentations and a conference or publish a research parties through clear professional paper. It was further expected that post written and verbal publications. Master’s students would continue to communication. present or publish professional work. #2. Students should Successful and timely It is expected that all students will understand and be able completion of required complete the three required to implement the methodology courses. methodology courses with a grade of methods of B- or better in the first two years of psychological science study. These courses are Psych 707, Research Methods; Psych 708, Statistics I; Psych 709, Statistics II. 3. Results, conclusions, and discoveries. What are the results of the planned assessments listed above? What conclusions or discoveries were made from these results? Describe below or attach to the form. Results, conclusions, and discoveries Program Outcome #1. Students should be able to present their knowledge to relevant parties through clear written and verbal communication. This outcome was assessed through a tally of presentations at professional meetings and journal publications. It was not anticipated that our students would present their research professionally until their third year in the program. However, 7 of the 10 first and second year students in experimental psychology had at least one conference presentation to their credit, with one first year student having made three presentations and one second year students having made four presentations. Moreover, one of the first year students also had seven publications in professional journals and one second year student had two publications. Considering the third year, pre-masters cohort of six students, all but one had made a conference presentation, with the average number of presentations being five. Two of the six students also had journal publications, one with two papers and one with three papers. There are nine post-Masters students active in our experimental psychology Ph.D. program as of Fall 2007. Every one of these students has a conference presentation with the range being from one to 11 presentations and the mean number of presentations being 5.3. Finally, five of the nine post-Masters students had a journal publication with those publishing averaging 1.8 publications each. Overall, then, 84 per cent of the students in the experimental program have made at least one conference presentation with the average number of presentations being four. The percentage of students publishing journal articles is more modest at 36 per cent but there is a clear trend toward students publishing at a higher rate after their initial two years in the program as expected. By way of conclusion of this part, our program seems to be fostering research in our experimental students and supporting their communication of this research in relevant professional venues. While the program can always strive for more productivity from their students, no changes in our mentoring of student research seems merited at this time. Program Outcome #2. Students should understand and be able to implement the methods of psychological science. Student utilization of the methodologies of psychological science was assessed through analysis of the performance of students in required methodology courses. The expectation was that all students would successfully complete psych 707, Research Methods; Psych 708, Statistics I; Psych 709, Statistics II within the first two years of graduate study in the graduate program. This expectation was not fulfilled in the past assessment period nor was it fulfilled this assessment period with two of the six second year students being put on grade probation for a grade below B- in one or more of these courses. It will be noted that grade performance in these courses continues to be a metric for the program because historically this has been the most troublesome learning outcome to achieve in the experimental program. The program has yet to identify a reliable predictor of outcome success in this area except to say that quantitative GRE scores have not served this purpose adequately. The above outcome would not classify as a discovery to the program but rather as confirmation that some if not most of our experimental psychology graduate students would most likely benefit from different training in methodology or additional training or both in coming fully to understand and implement the methods of psychological science in their entirety. 4. Use of Results. What program changes are indicated? How will they be implemented? If none, describe why changes were not needed. Program Outcome #1. Students should be able to present their knowledge to relevant parties through clear written and verbal communication. Given that approximately 85% of our students have made a research presentation at a professional conference and more than a third have published a journal article, no major program changes seem necessary to meet this objective at this point in time. Obviously, the program will continue to support research and its communication amongst our students and strive to obtain a goal of 100 % presentations and publications by our students. The experimental program believes that we are well on track for achieving that ideal goal and we will continue to monitor this metric in order to assess our progress toward that goal. Program Outcome #2. Students should understand and be able to implement the methods of psychological science. The conclusion reaffirmed above about program Outcome #2 is being addressed by a study committee convened by the Chair to consider the methodology offerings of the department, the pedagogy used in those courses and the possibility of offering additional courses. It is expected that the assessment report for Fall 2008 will be able to articulate the solution arrived at by the faculty to address these needed program changes. 5. Dissemination of results, conclusions, and discoveries. How and with whom were the results shared? These results were shared with students and program faculty through the annual student evaluation process and through meetings of the experimental program committee ( with student representation). Regular communications between the program director and Department Chair, and between the Department Chair and Dean of the College of Liberal arts ensure that the information gained through this assessment process is disseminated to the College and presumably to the University.
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