Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies

FY 2013 Enrollment: 2,890; Graduates: 1,761

Program learning outcomes: What Will I Learn?

Students who complete the bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts will be able to:

  1. Critical Thinking: Students will be able to engage in advanced critical thinking skills, including: demonstrating the ability to remember information, understand key concepts, apply these concepts appropriately, analyze phenomena, evaluate and justify positions, create coherent arguments in the student's chosen field of study.
  2. Communication: Students will demonstrate: advanced written communication skills, advanced oral communication skills, and will be able to express complex ideas with clarity and precision.
  3. Diversity: Students will be able to articulate the significance of diversity as a fundamental principle of understanding life.)
  4. Ethics: Students will be able to apply concepts of: ethical conduct in decision making, ethical conduct in action, social responsibility in decision making, and social responsibility in action.

Evidence of Student Learning - Internal: How will the program measure what I have learned?

Achievement of all the Program outcomes is assessed within one of six interdisciplinary capstone courses. The student learning outcomes are assessed within the capstone course by a direct assessment approach. During the capstone courses the student will submit several written assignments of 1000+ words each which target each of the learning outcomes. Instructors use rubrics that focus on the outcomes to score the students performance. This evaluation is unique from the grading for the course.

Metrics for these SLA degree outcomes

  • The program will be considered to have successfully met the Exceeds Expectations level if 90% or more of the students completing the Capstone Course during the one year period score at or above the Meets Expectations level for this outcome and 60% or more of these are at the Exceeds Expectations level. Additionally, no more than 10% of the students will receive a score of Does Not Meet Expectations.
  • The program will be considered to have met the Meets Expectations level if at least 85% of the students completing the Capstone Course during the one year period score at or above the Meets Expectations level and 15% OR LESS of the students score at Does Not Meet Expectations.
  • The program will be evaluated as Does Not Meet Expectations if fewer than 85% of the students completing the Capstone Course during the one year period score at or above Meets Expectations level for this outcome and if more than 15% of the students score at Does Not Meet Expectations.

Results as of April 2014

Outcome 1:  Critical Thinking - "Students will be able to engage in advanced critical thinking skills, including: demonstrating the ability to remember information, understand key concepts, apply these concepts appropriately, analyze phenomena, evaluate and justify positions, create coherent arguments in the student's chosen field of study."

Capstone

A total of 1,210 students have completed one of the capstone courses. 92.8% of these students meet or exceeded expectations for this outcome. 7.2% did not meet expectations. The program met expectations for this outcome.

Results of the Student Surveys

  1. 5.32 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale, n = 455) - Exit Survey graduate responses regarding how well students felt they had achieved this outcome - Exceeded Expectations
  2. 5.19 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale, n = 455) - Exit Survey graduate responses regarding how well students felt the AA/AS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome - Exceeded Expectations
  3. 5.33 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale, n = 241) - One-year Post Graduate Survey responses regarding how well students felt they had achieved this outcome - Exceeded Expectations
  4. 5.24 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale, n = 241) - One-year Post Graduate Survey responses regarding how well students felt the AA/AS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome - Exceeded Expectations

Outcome 2: "Students will demonstrate: advanced written communication skills, advanced oral communication skills, and will be able to express complex ideas with clarity and precision."

Capstone

A total of 1,210 students have completed one of the capstone courses. 89.9% of these students meet or exceeded expectations for this outcome. 10.0% did not meet expectations. The program met expectations for this outcome.

Results of the Student Surveys

  1. 5.23 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale, n = 455) - Exit Survey graduate responses regarding how well students felt they had achieved this outcome - Exceeded Expectations
  2. 5.04 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale, n = 455) - Exit Survey graduate responses regarding how well students felt the AA/AS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome - Exceeded Expectations
  3. 5.26 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale, n = 241) - One-year Post Graduate Survey responses regarding how well students felt they had achieved this outcome - Exceeded Expectations
  4. 5.08 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale, n = 241) - One-year Post Graduate Survey responses regarding how well students felt the AA/AS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome - Exceeded Expectations

Outcome 3: "Students will be able to articulate the significance of diversity as a fundamental principle of understanding life."

Capstone

A total of 1,210 students have completed one of the capstone courses. 91.0% of these students meet or exceeded expectations for this outcome. 9.0% did not meet expectations. The program met expectations for this outcome.

Results of the Student Surveys

  1. 5.23 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale, n = 455) - Exit Survey graduate responses regarding how well students felt they had achieved this outcome - Exceeded Expectations
  2. 5.12 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale, n = 455) - Exit Survey graduate responses regarding how well students felt the AA/AS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome - Exceeded Expectations
  3. 5.21 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale, n = 241) - One-year Post Graduate Survey responses regarding how well students felt they had achieved this outcome - Exceeded Expectations
  4. 5.06 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale, n = 241) - One-year Post Graduate Survey responses regarding how well students felt the AA/AS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome - Exceeded Expectations

Outcome 4: "Students will be able to apply concepts of: ethical conduct in decision making, ethical conduct in action, social responsibility in decision making and social responsibility in action."

Capstone

A total of 1,210 students have completed one of the capstone courses. 92.6% of these students meet or exceeded expectations for this outcome. 7.4% did not meet expectations. The program met expectations for this outcome.

Results of the Student Surveys

  1. 5.39 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale, n = 455) - Exit Survey graduate responses regarding how well students felt they had achieved this outcome - Exceeded Expectations
  2. 5.23 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale, n = 455) - Exit Survey graduate responses regarding how well students felt the AA/AS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome - Exceeded Expectations
  3. 5.39 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale, n = 241) - One-year Post Graduate Survey responses regarding how well students felt they had achieved this outcome - Exceeded Expectations
  4. 5.25 (out of a 6.0 Likert Scale, n = 241) - One-year Post Graduate Survey responses regarding how well students felt the AA/AS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome - Exceeded Expectations

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Albany, NY 12203-5159

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