Date Received Semester Assessment Report Form: Spring and Summer 2007 Data Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy 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: email@example.com. 1. Program Information: Program Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Department Marriage and Family Therapy College College of Urban Affairs Program Stephen Fife Assessment Coordinator Semester Data Spring and Summer 2007 Collected Report Stephen Fife Submitted by Phone/email 895-3117 Date Submitted October 31, 2007 2. According to the Assessment Plan for this program, what were the planned assessments to be conducted during the Spring 2007 and Summer 2007 semesters? You may want to copy and paste from this program’s assessment plan. Which outcomes for How did you measure theWhat results did you expect? If the this program were outcomes? students performed well what would measured? their performance look like, i.e. percentages, means, or comparisons to a national standard? ___4_outcomes out of a total of __5__ outcomes evaluated this semester. 2. Demonstrate a) Grades from We expected an combined grade point * theoretical and applied MFT 764 , MFT 765, MFT average of 3.00 (“B”). knowledge of marriage 773, MFT 776, MFT 777 and family therapy theories. b) Course evaluations† We expected a combined course evaluation average of 4.00 (“above average”) 3. Demonstrate an a) Grades from We expected an combined grade point * COU 764 and other listed courses with strike outs were not offered Spring 2006. † Based on question regarding an increase of knowledge/skill in the subject area. ability to form helping MFT 701, MFT 773, MFT average of 3.00 (“B”). relationships in 776 accordance with b) Course evaluations We expected a combined course principles of sound evaluation average of 4.00 (“above counseling practice. average”) 4. Demonstrate the a) Grades from We expected an combined grade point ability to deliver MFT 701, MFT 771, MFT average of 3.00 (“B”). professional services 773, MFT 776 within the guidelines of We expected a combined course the ethical and b) Course evaluations evaluation average of 4.00 (“above professional practice. average”) 5. Demonstrate the Grades from all courses We expected an combined grade point ability to communicate average of 3.00 (“B”). orally and/or in writing and interact effectively b) Course evaluations We expected a combined course with other helping evaluation average of 4.00 (“above professionals. average”) 3. Results. What are the results of the planned assessments listed above? Describe below or attach to the form. Results 2. Demonstrate theoretical and Combined Course Average Grade Point: 3.87 applied knowledge of marriage and family therapy theories. Combined Course Evaluation Average Score: 4. 26 3. Demonstrate an ability to Combined Course Average Grade Point: 3.89 form helping relationships in accordance with principles of Combined Course Evaluation Average Score: 4.34 sound counseling practice. 4. Demonstrate the ability Combined Course Average Grade Point: 3.90 to deliver professional services within the guidelines of the Combined Course Evaluation Average Score: 4.64 ethical and professional practice. 5. Demonstrate the ability Combined Course Average Grade Point: 3.84 to communicate orally and/or in writing and interact effectively Combined Course Evaluation Average Score: 3.99 with other helping professionals. 4. Conclusions and Discoveries. What conclusions or discoveries were made from these results? Describe below or attach to the form. Conclusions and Discoveries Although the data were incomplete for several of the Educational Outcomes reported on above, overall, the results are positive and the program is progressing as expected. All combined grade point averages were well over the 3.00 expected and required for the Master’s level. Combined GPAs ranged in score from 3.775 to 4.00, with course sizes ranging from five to fifteen students in each course. It may be the case that students will drop a course rather than receive a poor grade, but there was only one withdrawal from all courses. Only one student received a grade of C (in MFT 701) out of all the courses. Combined scores for Q.6 on the end of semester course evaluations ranged from 3.99 to 4.64, indicating that students reported increases in knowledge well above average in the subject areas. Our benchmark for this measure (which is based on students’ assessment of an increase of knowledge/skill in the subject area) is an average score of 4 “above average” in the overall measure of course evaluations question #6. There were five courses with an evaluation score under 4.00. MFT 701 = 3.73 MFT 765 = 3.81 MFT 771 = 2.7 MFT 773.002-spring = 3.86 MFT 773.001-summer) = 3.83 MFT 701 (Introduction to MFT) is an introductory course that was comprised of many students who may have already taken other MFT or counseling courses. Thus, it may be that some of the material was redundant and overlapped with other courses. Also, students taking MFT 771 (Ethics in MFT) may have covered some of the material in other classes or in practicum. However, all are courses in which students should be gaining new knowledge and the theory and practice of marriage and family therapy. Examining the data for the individual course level shows that there is a great deal of consistency across all courses in terms of grade point and course evaluations. This is particularly important for the certificate, where the students already have a graduate education in marriage and family therapy, counseling, psychology, or a related field. As the certificate is intended to ensure that the graduate has sufficient theoretical and applied knowledge to conform to state board licensing requirements, the high marks for learning outcome #2 are particularly pleasing. 5. Use of Results. What program changes are indicated? How will they be implemented? If none, describe why changes were not needed. While the assessment data indicate that the program is progressing well, the results helped direct our attention to one area (Learning Outcome #5; course evaluation question) in which we fell short of our benchmark and perhaps are not meeting the educational needs of the students. In July 2006, our department split (formerly the Department of Marriage, Family, and Community Counseling), with nearly half of the faculty going into Counseling Education and the remaining forming the new Department of Marriage and Family Therapy effective in Fall 2006. With the changes to the department, we also refined our master’s degree program so that it had a concentrated focus on the training of marriage and family therapists. In this refining process, we incorporated feedback from the previous assessment reports and addressed weaknesses in the program. As a small department (five full-time faculty), not every course is offered every term. In fact, some courses are offered only in alternate years. To ensure that students are able to progress through the program in a timely fashion and learn the material in the most appropriate sequencing, we have examined and amended the scheduling of courses. Specifically, we modified the order in which students take courses for the purpose of improving the quality of student learning and professional development. We also standardized individual course learning outcomes, to ensure that different instructors in different sections of the same course will cover the same outcomes. 6. Dissemination of Results, Conclusions, and Discoveries. How and with whom were the results shared? We will be sharing our results with UNLV and other communities of interest via dissemination on the Provost’s Assessment website. We will include a link on the department webpage that directs interested parties to the assessment plan and results. We have and will continue to encourage prospective students to examine this data when they request application materials.
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