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Direct Assessment of Graduate Student Learning

Department of Sociology

 

Graduate Learning Outcomes

1.    Students will develop broad knowledge of the theory and methods of the discipline and in-depth knowledge of a specific area of concentration
2.    Students will develop advanced analytical, writing, and oral communication skills
3.    Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct original research in a substantive area of sociology

Assessment Procedures

Assessment includes includes both indirect and direct measures of the identified graduate learning outcomes.  Direct measures are given below. 

Direct Measures:

 1) The Graduate Director will distribute the thesis prospectus electronically to sociology faculty, each of whom will assess it using the Thesis Prospectus Assessment Form below.
 2) The committee of the M.A. candidate will assess the thesis using the M.A. Thesis and Oral Defense Assessment Form.

The graduate committee will compile these data and present them to the faculty at the beginning of each academic year. The faculty will discuss any concerns and make alterations in our program as needed. 

Thesis Prospectus Assessment Form

Please evaluate the quality of the M. A. thesis prospectus (excellent = 4 to needs significant improvement = 1) submitted by ____________________(student name) in terms of the dimensions and evaluation categories that follow.

 1.   Quality of conceptual and/or theoretical reasoning. 
    _____excellent _____good _____satisfactory _____needs significant improvement

 2.   Effectiveness in communicating clearly the conceptual and/or theoretical relevance of the research project.
    _____excellent _____good _____satisfactory _____needs significant improvement

 3.   Appropriateness of research methodology for questions posed in the prospectus.
    _____excellent _____good _____satisfactory _____ needs significant improvement
    _____not applicable (theoretical thesis)

 4.   Evidence of methodological competence provided by the proposed research protocol.
    _____excellent _____good _____satisfactory _____ needs significant improvement
    _____not applicable (theoretical thesis)

 5.   Evidence of judiciousness in selection of potentially fruitful topic(s) for sociological inquiry.
    _____excellent _____good _____satisfactory _____needs significant improvement

 6.   Logical organization of research prospectus.
    _____excellent _____good _____satisfactory _____needs significant improvement

 7.   Overall quality of writing.
    _____excellent _____good _____satisfactory _____needs significant improvement

 8.   Overall quality of sociological reasoning evident in the prospectus.
    _____excellent _____good _____satisfactory _____needs significant improvement

 9.   Quality of oral communication skills evident during the oral defense of the prospectus.
    _____excellent _____good _____satisfactory _____ needs significant improvement
    _____unknown (only committee members evaluate)

10.  Reasons for ratings of "needs significant improvement:"

 M. A. Thesis and Oral Defense Assessment Form

Please evaluate the quality of the M. A. thesis (excellent = 4 to needs significant improvement = 1) submitted by _______________ (student name) in terms of the dimensions and evaluation categories that follow.

 1.   Quality of conceptual and/or theoretical reasoning evident in the thesis.
    _____excellent _____good _____satisfactory _____needs significant improvement

 2.   Effectiveness in communicating clearly the conceptual and/or theoretical significance of the research and research findings.
    _____excellent _____good _____satisfactory _____needs significant improvement

 3.   Evidence of methodological competence exhibited by the execution of the research project.
    _____excellent _____good _____satisfactory _____needs significant improvement
    _____not applicable (theoretical thesis)

 4.   Quality of the written presentation of findings.
    _____excellent _____good _____satisfactory _____needs significant improvement

 5.   Logical organization of thesis report.
    _____excellent _____good _____satisfactory _____needs significant improvement

 6.   Overall quality of writing.
    _____excellent _____good _____satisfactory _____needs significant improvement

 7.   Evidence of student's mastery of area of specialization represented by the thesis and oral defense.
    _____excellent _____good _____satisfactory _____needs significant improvement

 8.   Quality of oral communication skills evident during the oral defense of the thesis. 
    _____excellent _____good _____satisfactory _____needs significant improvement


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