Assessment of Student Learning
The Psychology Department has also developed assessment procedures and a plan for ongoing refinement that are consistent with the UIS Principles of Assessment of Student Academic Achievement. Student learning will be assessed using multiple methods. Knowledge within the discipline and written communication, critical thinking, and library research skills will be assessed at upper-division entry and exit points using an objective test. The test will be completed in the first semester of enrollment and again during PSY 471 Senior Seminar, in order to allow for pre-/posttest analyses of learning outcomes.
PSY 471 Senior Seminar focuses on student portfolio development and provide students with an integrative capstone experience. Psychology majors will be required to prepare a portfolio that reflects learning and skill competencies in several areas. Portfolios will include work products based on a series of written and oral assignments that have been developed to assess specific complex competencies. These competencies include the abilities needed
- to compare and contrast major psychological perspectives,
- to understand and critically evaluate psychological research,
- to organize numerical data and interpret fundamental statistical results,
- to apply and discuss ethical considerations, and
- to reflect on personal growth in the context of the values represented by psychology and the skills students have developed through their major coursework.
Sample portfolios will be collected from students who give permission to the Department to use their work for program assessment purposes. Students in PSY 471 Senior Seminar will also complete, anonymously, an exit survey assessing their perspectives on the academic advising, course scheduling, and various dimensions of the curriculum and quality of instruction.