ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES IN GENERAL EDUCATION:
COMPETENCIES:  CRITICAL THINKING, ORAL COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT: 2003-2004

Learning Outcomes in critical thinking, oral communication and information management are infused throughout the curriculum of major programs at Buffalo State.  These competencies are met in REQUIRED courses within every major program.

I. 

Outcomes/Objectives

1.

Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral discourse

2.

Students will evaluate an oral presentation according to established criteria

3.

Students will demonstrate the basic operations of personal computer use.

4.

Students will understand and use basic research techniques.

5.

Students will locate, evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of sources.

6.

Students will identify, analyze and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own and others work.

7.

Students will develop well-reasoned arguments.

 

II.

Student Performance

 

These learning outcomes/objectives are met in a variety of ways throughout the curriculum of every major program at Buffalo State, e.g. objective exams, papers, written essays, presentations, exhibits, etc.

 

III.

Assessment Criteria/Standards

1.

During Fall, 2001 a situational audit of major programs was completed to determine the following:

 

·  The extent to which REQUIRED courses in each major program emphasize all of these
    7 learning objectives

·  If a REQUIRED course does emphasize a learning objective whether or not that course
    includes a direct assessment measure

·  What type of assessment measure is used, i.e. exam, paper, essay questions including
     a description of the measure

 

The results of the audit insure that the three competencies including 7 learning objectives are met by every student graduating from Buffalo State.  In 2003-4 we will collect student work from the required courses identified in the situational audit from a random sample of major programs  (50%) and evaluate according to the 7 learning objectives.  The evaluation will be done by the Assessment Advisory Board which includes faculty members from all three faculties.

 

 

 

2.

 

 

 

Every year Buffalo State conducts a “Recent Alumni” survey of all students who have graduated within the previous year.  This survey asks the following questions relating to the above outcomes:

 

"Compared with your understanding of the skills you think you need to compete successfully in today’s society, how well did BSC prepare you in the following areas: "

·  Writing skills

·  Analytical (math, statistics) skills

·  Computing skills

·  Critical thinking skills

·  Team work skills

·  Oral presentation skill

“How much emphasis do you think Buffalo State College placed on the following:”
“In your opinion, how much did you improve in each of the following areas as a result of attending Buffalo State College?”

·  In-depth understanding of your major field

·  Ability to critically examine ideas and issues

·  Ability to apply knowledge to practice

·  Ability to express facts, ideas, etc. in writing

·  Public speaking

·  Ability to integrate knowledge from several fields

·  Ability to present ideas effectively in groups

·  Ability to view events from different perspectives

·  Quantitative skills, i.e. math, statistics

·  Developing sense of values and ethnical standards

·  Understanding different people and traditions

·  Use of personal and social experiences to manage the
    challenge of everyday life.

·  Computer skills

·  Reading comprehension

·  Ability to effectively manage time

Responses are recorded on a five-point Likert-type scale and distributed to every department every fall.

 

IV.  

Students assessed

 

Students enrolled in required courses in 50% of the major programs will be assessed.

All alumni receive the “Recent Alumni Questionnaire” within one year of graduation.

 

 

V.  

Feedback

 

The Assessment Advisory Board reviewed the results of the situational audit and the results from the Recent Alumni survey and will evaluate how well we are meeting these learning objectives.  They will make recommendations for improvement as appropriate.  It is anticipated that any major program not meeting all of the learning outcomes will be asked to incorporate the missing outcome(s) into the major curriculum or to require a course not in the major that does meet the outcome.