DIVISION OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
MISSION: The Phillips Community College District is a multi-campus, two-year college serving Eastern Arkansas. The College is committed to individual, organizational, and community development. It provides accessible, affordable education, training and public services that are consistent with the goals and objectives of its students and the communities it serves. Through its numerous programs and partnerships, the College provides high quality education opportunities and supports the economic growth of Eastern Arkansas. The Arts and Sciences Division of Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas shares the College’s fundamental mission. The mission of the Division of Arts and Sciences is to provide the foundational needs in general education to all students and to provide the first two years of specialized knowledge in areas which lead to advanced degrees and professional careers.
GOAL 1: Students will be able to communicate effectively in a written and oral manner. Student Learning Sample Benchmark Assessment Time Analysis and Outcome Population Tools Frame Reporting
1A. Develop an essay based upon a thesis statement. 1B. Write a grammatically and mechanically correct essay. Students enrolled in EH 113 or EH 123 Students enrolled in EH 123. 85% of students who earn a “C” or better will make at least 70% on a final essay At least 50% of students completing EH 123 will score at or above the 50 percentile on the CAAP Writing Exam. 100% of students who earn a “C” or better will write at least one paper utilizing the following forms: argumentative, comparison/contrast, cause/effect, narrative and example. English Rubric Each term Faculty will analyze and report results to dean. Dean will analyze and report results to English faculty, director of assessment, and Vice Chancellor of Academic affairs. Faculty will supply dean with current copies of syllabi which will reflect forms of essays required in the Evaluation Section. Faculty will also maintain copies of students’ essays for at least two semesters. Analyzed by faculty; results reported to dean.
If less than 50% score at or above benchmark, English faculty will develop an improvement plan. If less than 50% score at or above the 50 percentile for three consecutive terms, a more detail report of the results will be requested from ETS, and English faculty will develop an improvement plan. Dean will review syllabi and discuss finding with faculty during the faculty evaluation process.
CAAP Writing (Essay) Test
1C. Use various forms to develop their writing.
Students enrolled in EH 113.
English syllabi and student artifacts
1D. Incorporate Internet and library research into their writing. 1E. Understand the principles of effective oral communication and be able to apply these principles in actual speaking situations
Students enrolled in HY 113 or HY 123
Students enrolled in SP 243
100% of students who earn a “B” or better on a final paper will cite internet or library research sources. 85% of students who complete speech and earn a “C” or better will score at least 70 on a final speech using a speech rubric.
Analyzed by faculty , results reported to dean
If 20% of students fail to include appropriate sites, faculty will review, both orally and in writing, requirements and directions for paper. If 20% of students earning a “C” or better score less than 70% on the final speech for three consecutive terms, speech faculty will develop an improvement plan.
Goal 2: Students will demonstrate knowledge of history, art, literature and other cultures. Student Learning Sample Benchmark Assessment Time Analysis & Outcome Population Tools Frame Reporting
2A. Understand the work of human culture exists within social, historical, and linguistic settings that affect it’s meaning 2B. Become familiar with some of the classic works of human culture. Students enrolled in EH 233, EH 243, HY 113, HY 123 70% of students taking unit tests on historical and literary facts will score a least 70% on the tests. Unit tests EH 233 & HY 113 will be assessed Fall term; EH 243 & HY 123 Spring term. Each term Instructor will analyze and maintain records.
Students enrolled in EH 243, EH 263, MSC 223
70% of students who complete EH 243 or EH 263 will score at least 70% on written assignments covering classic literature. 70% of students who complete MSC 223 will score at least 70% on listening exercise/ listening recognition tests. 70% of students completing the course will score at least 70% on reaction papers and essays. 70% of the students completing the course will correctly answer questions on tests and complete related project to at least 70% accuracy. 50% or greater of students receiving a “C” or better will score at least 70% on a post test. 70 of students will participate in class discussions, view/read literature and performances from various social, historical and cultural periods. 70 percent of students will be able to correctly identify the three branches of the federal government, recognize the preamble of the constitution and the first 14 amendments.
Papers and written exercises.
Instructor will analyze and maintain records
2C. Employ the skills of critical thinking, reading writing, speaking, and listening to interpret a work of human culture. 2D. Understand significant social, economic and political developments in Western and non-Western history.
Students enrolled in EH 233, 243.
Instructor will analyze and maintain records
Students enrolled in HY 113, HY 123.
Unit test and projects
Results analyzed by faculty and records maintain in office.
2E. Understand significant political, social, economic and cultural developments in history of the United States. 2F. Recognize and respect that a diversity of peoples and cultural traditions has contributed to the American experience.
Students enrolled in HY 213.
U. S. History Pre Post test.
HY 213 students will be accessed during Fall semester. Each term
Results analyzed by faculty and reported to dean.
Students enrolled in EH 123, EH 263 & HUM 113.
Results analyzed by instructor and will be reflective in classroom participation grade.
If students failed to meet benchmark for 2 consecutive evaluation periods, faculty will analyze the test, determine what areas stand out as needing improvement and develop a plan. If fewer than 50% of students participate in discussions, etc., faculty will develop or utilize alternative strategies to make the process more inclusive.
2G. Understand the constitution, government and political processes of the United States.
Students enrolled in HY 213, HY 223, PLS 213
Results will be analyzed by instructor and reported to dean.
If fewer than 70 percent of students reach the benchmark, Instructors will analyze the textbook and curriculum and develop an improvement plan.
70 % of students receiving a “C” or better will be able to state the major differences between democratic, socialistic and communistic societies.
Goal 3: Students will demonstrate mathematical knowledge and skills Student Learning Sample Benchmark Assessment Outcome Population Tools
3A. Apply properties of Real Numbers to simplify numerical and/or algebraic expressions. Students enrolled in the math (MS) sequence. Mean pre-/post-test scores will improve by at least 10%. Math Pre-Post tests
Analysis and Reporting
Faculty report Pre- Posttest results to the dean, who will analyze and report overall results to math faculty, director of assessment and vice chancellor of instruction. Dean will analyze and report results to math faculty, director of assessment and vice chancellor of instruction. Results will be analyzed and maintained by faculty.
If the mean pre-/post test score fail to increase at least 10%, math faculty will perform an item analysis of test questions and develop an improvement plan.
3B. Perform algebraic operation and solve algebraic equations.
AA degree seeking students with at least 45 credit hours of college level courses Students enrolled in MS 123, MS 133, CY 214
At least 50% of students will score at or above the national mean on the basic algebra sub-component of the CAAP mathematics exam. 80% of students will be able to use the graphing or scientific calculator to graph equations and/or data and analyze the results. 60% of students will be able to choose the appropriate strategy and correctly solve applied problems included on unit tests 60% of students will be able to choose and correctly use mathematical models to solve chemistry, physics, and general application problems. 85% of students surveyed will indicate an improvement in their self-confidence in mathematics.
CAAP mathematics test.
If less than 50% score at or above the 50 percentile for three consecutive terms, math faculty will develop an improvement plan.
3C. Use graphing or scientific calculators or computers as aids to problem solving.
Each term Unit Test
If 50% of students miss a designated calculator problem on unit test, a calculator workshop will be offered and students strongly encouraged to attend. If fewer than 30% of the students score 70% or above on unit test, instructor will review course material and instruction method and develop an improvement plan. If fewer than 30% of the students score 70% or above on unit test, instructor will review course material and instruction method and indicate recommended changes on the A&S Assessment Summary Form. If fewer than 50% of the students indicate that their self-confidence in mathematics has improved, math instructors will review the curriculum, presentation, an academic preparation of students and develop a plan of improvement.
3D. Develop skills needed to analyze and solve technical problems in their chosen disciplines. 3E. Use and apply mathematical models.
Students enrolled in MS 123, CY 124, MS 215, PS 225.
Application problems embedded into unit test.
Instructor will analyze student performance on application problems.
Students enrolled in CY 124, MS 123, PS 114
Application problems will be included in lab exercises and unit test.
Instructor will analyze student performance on mathematical modeling exercises.
3F. Gain confidence in their mathematical abilities.
Students enrolled in mathematics (MS) sequence.
Survey will be given each tem in a randomly selected class.
Dean will analyze the results and share with the mathematics faculty.
Goal 4: Students will demonstrate skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and scientific reasoning.
Student Learning Outcome
4A. Demonstrate mastery of basic scientific information
Students enrolled in BY 114, CY 114, or PS 114 MS 123, PS 215, CY 114
60% of students will earn at least 70% on unit tests covering terms, facts, and theories in this subject. 55% of MS 123 students will earn at least 70% on unit test covering applied problems. 55% of PS and CY students will successfully answer applied problem imbedded in the final test in that course. 50% of students taking the CAAP Science test will exceed the national average on the test.
Analysis and Reporting
Faculty will analyze and submit results to dean as a part of their assessment project(s). Results will be report in Assessment projects.
If fewer than 40% of students meet the stated benchmark, instructors will analyze the results and submit an improvement plan. If fewer than 40% of students meet the bench mark, instructors will review results and provide supplementary instructional material which includes alternate instructional strategies to students.
4B. Use various methods of investigation and previous knowledge to solve new and different problems
Unit and final tests
4F. Develop skills of analysis and synthesis
AA degree seeking students with 45 college level credit hours.
4G. Examine and criticize works and oral presentation
EH 233, EH 243
70% of students will earn at least 70% on discussion questions and essays. 60% of students will earn at least 70% on each lab practicum.
Essay & discussion questions
Each term offered
Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Registrar will coordinate the administration of this exam and will forward results to the Dean of Arts & Sciences. Instructors will analyze and maintain results.
Dean will disseminate results to science faculty, director of research, and academic council. If students fail to meet benchmark for three consecutive test periods, science instructors will analyze the result and submit an improvement plan. If fewer than 50% if students score 70% on essay or discussion, instructor will analyze the curriculum and formulate an improvement plan. If fewer than 40% of student score 70% on the practicum, instructor will set up additional out of class opportunities for students to review lab topics.
Apply the scientific method to solve problems
CY 114, PS 114, BY 224
Instructors will analyze and maintain results.
Goal 5: Students will be able to demonstrate technological knowledge and skills Student Learning Sample Benchmark Assessment Time Outcome Population Tools Frame
5A. Demonstrate a working knowledge of commonly used software. EH 113 80% of students will be able to use word processing and spreadsheet software to create, save, open, format, delete, cut/copy, paste and print essays/research papers. 100% of students scoring a “C” or better on a required research paper will use and correctly document at least one internet and/or online databases source. 70% of students will complete a written webbased assignment to at least 70% accuracy. 70% of students will use calculators to complete assignments and tests. Essays and research papers required in a word processed form. Each term
Analyzed by Whom
Reporting & Feedback loop
Students unable to use the computer and some word processing package will be strongly encouraged to enroll in a key boarding workshop or class.
5B. Utilize the Internet and online database directories for research purposes.
EH 123, HY 113
Instructor will evaluate research papers and return papers that fail to reach that benchmark to students for additional work.
5C. Use computer and webbased resources to supplement their learning. 5D. Utilize calculators as a resource in solving problems
HY 113, HY 123, HY 153
Web based course assignment
Calculator assignment embedded in unit tests. Instructor’s email log
5E. Communicate effectively through email.
80 % of students will be able to create, attach a document and send email messages.
If 50% of students do not successfully complete web-based assignment, instructor will provide a review on finding and using web-based resources. If 50% of students indicate difficulties, or fail to correctly complete calculator problems on unit tests, a calculator workshop will be made offered for students. Students unable to use email will be referred to the Business and Technology Division for an internet workshop.