ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES IN GENERAL EDUCATION
OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS:  2004-2005

The current assessment of other world civilizations is based upon best practices and the expertise of faculty from the departments of anthropology, history, geography, political science, religion and modern and classical languages.

General Education other world civilizations requirement: One course (3 credits) from an approved list of courses: ANT 330-Pacific Islanders; ANT 381-Religion, Magic and Culture; FRE 341-Francophone Literature in Translation; GEG 360-Geography of Asia; GEG 361- ????; HIS 210-History of Modern Asia; HIS 313/PSC345-Politics and History of the Middle East; PHI/REL 321-World Religions; PSC 340-Politics of Developing Countries.

I.

 

Learning outcomes/objectives

 

A.

Students will know a broad outline of world history OR

 

 

  1. Students will critically analyze periods of historical significance
  2. Students will describe and explain patterns of historical change

 

B.

Students will understand the distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, culture, etc or one non-Western civilization.

 

 

  1. Students will understand and identify periods of cultural development and great works.
  2. Students will identify distinctive features of style, events and great works

II.

 

Student Performance

 

 

Students enrolled in courses approved for other world civilizations will either take objective examinations that demonstrate the objectives above or will produce written work (papers, essay exams) that demonstrate knowledge of the learning objectives above.

III. 

 

Assessment Criteria/Standards

 

 

Objective exam questions will be combined and computed for an overall score:

100 - 80

 

: Exceeds the standard

79 - 70

 

: Meets the standard

69 - 60

 

: Approaches the standard

Below 60

 

: Below the standard

Written assignments will be evaluated according to the attached rubric.  Two western civilization professors who were not instructors in the class that produced the work will read each student work product. 

4

 

: Exceeds the standard

3

 

: Meets the standard

2

 

: Approaches the standard

1

 

: Below the standard

IV.

 

Students Assessed

 

 

All students enrolled in classes using the objective test will be assessed.  Students enrolled in classes using written work products will be randomly sampled for assessment with a target goal of 15-20% assessed.

V. 

 

Feedback

 

 

The results will be discussed at meetings of the other world civilization faculty and based upon the results, appropriate action will be taken.

OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATION RUBRIC

4

Analysis and synthesis marked by distinctive use of detail to shape the analysis
Exhibits insight as to the interactions of distinctive features of the civilization
Understands distinctive features or components of a non-western civilization within an appropriate temporal or spatial context
Recognizes salient features or components of a non-western civilization, but without context

3

Exhibits insight as to the interactions of distinctive features of the civilization
Understands distinctive features or components of a non-western civilization within an appropriate temporal or spatial context
Recognizes salient features or components of a non-western civilization, but without context

2

Understands distinctive features or component of a non-western civilization within an appropriate temporal or spatial context
Recognizes salient features or components of a non-western civilization, but without context

1

Recognizes salient features or components of non-western civilization, but without context