Liberal Studies

Program learning outcomes: What Will I Learn?

Students who complete a master's degree from the School of Liberal Arts will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the integration and application of knowledge in two or more liberal arts and science disciplines.
  2. Evaluate written or spoken hypotheses utilizing data and drawing on prior knowledge.
  3. Create connections between issues and their historical and/or social context.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural differences and knowledge of contributions from various cultures.
  5. Demonstrate critical and analytical thought in the examination of a range of issues by designing and implementing a substantive research investigation.

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

Metrics for the direct measurement of program outcomes:

Research paper

Students will proceed through the degree completion proposal phase to create a final version of the research thesis (research paper of 60-100 pages in length) which is submitted for review by the designated reviewer. The research thesis is evaluated and scored for this outcome using a rubric.

  • The program will be considered to have Exceeded Expectations if 95% of the student's work submitted is evaluated as at least Meets Expectations and 25% of this work is evaluated as Exceeds Expectations while less than 5% of all the work submitted is evaluated as Does Not Meet Expectations.
  • A program will be considered to have met the Meets Expectations level if at least 90% of the students completing the thesis first formal review process score at or above the Meets Expectations level for this outcome. Also if 10% or less of the work submitted is scored at the Does Not Meet Expectations level.
  • A program will be evaluated as Does Not Meet Expectations if fewer than 90% of the students completing the thesis first formal review process score at or above the Meets Expectations level for this outcome, and/or if more than 10% of all the work submitted is scored at the Does Not Meet Expectations level.

Coursework

Students in the core course phase of their program will be taking MLS623. This outcome is an outcome within that course which is evaluated by the instructor using a rubric. This is the same outcomes evaluation scoring rubric used during the thesis outcome evaluation. It is projected that the students will improve their performance as they progress through the program

  • A program will be considered to have successfully met the Exceeds Expectations level if 85% or more of the students completing the course receive a score of Meets Expectations for this outcome and 15% or more of these  achieve Exceeds Expectations on the outcome. 15% or less of all the student work submitted will score at the Does Not Meet Expectations level.
  • A program will be considered to have met the Meets Expectations level if at least 80% of the students completing the course score at or above the Meets Expectations level for this outcome, and 20% or less of all the student work submitted is scored as Does Not Meet Expectations.
  • A program will be evaluated as Does Not Meet Expectations if fewer than 80% of the students completing the course score at or above the Meets Expectations level for this outcome and more than 20% of the student work submitted is scored as Does Not Meet Expectations.

Metrics for the indirect measurement of program outcomes:

Exit Survey

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness will conduct a survey of graduates of this program at completion. Ratings used a Likert-type scale with anchors of 1 (not at all achieved), and 6 (completely achieved); for preparation: 1 = Very poorly prepared, 6 = Very well prepared.

  • The program will be considered to have achieved Exceeds Expectations when the results of the survey show the mean of the responders' perceptions of the graduates' achievement of this outcome as 5.00 or higher on a 6 point Likert scale.
  • The program will be considered to have achieved Meets Expectations when the results of the survey show the mean of the responders' perceptions of their achievement of this outcome is at least 4.00 up to and including 4.99 on a 6 point Likert scale.
  • The program will be considered to have underachieved at the Does Not Meet Expectations level when the results of the survey show the mean of the responders' perceptions of their achievement of this outcome as 3.99 or less on a 6 point Likert scale.

One Year Survey

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness will conduct a survey of graduates of this program at one year after their graduation dates. Ratings used a Likert-type scale with anchors of 1 (not at all achieved), and 6 (completely achieved); for preparation: 1 = Very poorly prepared, 6 = Very well prepared.

  • The program will be considered to have achieved Exceeds Expectations when the results of the survey show the mean of the responders' perceptions of the graduates' achievement of this outcome as 5.00 or higher on a 6 point Likert scale.
  • The program will be considered to have achieved Meets Expectations when the results of the survey show the mean of the responders' perceptions of their achievement of this outcome is at least 4.00 up to and including 4.99 on a 6 point Likert scale.
  • The program will be considered to have underachieved at the Does Not Meet Expectations level when the results of the survey show the mean of the responders' perceptions of their achievement of this outcome as 3.99 or less on a 6 point Likert scale.

Results for program outcome 1

Demonstrate the integration and application of knowledge in two or more liberal arts and science disciplines.

Research paper

The work from 27 students who submitted a thesis was evaluated using a scoring rubric for this outcome. The results are: 3.7% Exceeded Expectations, 96.3% Met Expectations (Meets+ = 100%), 0% did Not Meet Expectations. These scores indicate that the program Meets Expectations for this outcome.

Coursework

The work from 25 students submitted for the core course MLS 623 was evaluated using a scoring rubric for this outcome. The results are: 56% Exceeded Expectations, 40% Met Expectations, 4% did Not Meet Expectations. These scores indicate that the program Exceeds Expectations for this outcome.

Exit Survey

The students responding to the survey (N=7, 20%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.29. They also indicated that the SLA MALS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.43. This indicates that the MALS program has Exceeded Expectations for this student learning outcome.

One Year Survey

The students responding to the survey (N=5, 17.2%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.80. They also indicated that the School of Liberal Arts MALS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.80. This indicates that the MALS program has Exceeded Expectations for this student learning outcome.

Results for program outcome 2

Evaluate written or spoken hypotheses utilizing data and drawing on prior knowledge.

Research paper

The work from 27 students who submitted a thesis was evaluated using a scoring rubric for this outcome. The results are: 3.7% Exceeded Expectations, 92.6% Met Expectations (Meets+ = 96.3%), 3.7% did Not Meet Expectations. These scores indicate that the program Meets Expectations for this outcome.

Coursework

The work from 72 students submitted for the core course MLS 500 and MLS 697 was evaluated using a scoring rubric for this outcome. The results are: 2.8% Exceeded Expectations, 79.2% Met Expectations, 18.1% Did Not Meet Expectations. These scores indicate that the program Does Not Meet Expectations for this outcome.

Exit Survey The students responding to the survey (N=7, 20%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.57. They also indicated that the School of Liberal Arts MALS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.71. This indicates that the MALS program has Exceeded Expectations for this student learning outcome.

One Year Survey

The students responding to the survey (N=5, 17.2%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.60. They also indicated that the School of Liberal Arts MALS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.60. This indicates that the MALS program has Exceeded Expectations for this student learning outcome.

Results for program outcome 3

Create connections between issues and their historical and/or social context.

Research paper

The work from 27 students who submitted a thesis was evaluated using a scoring rubric for this outcome. The results are: 7.4% Exceeded Expectations, 85.2% Met Expectations (Meets+ = 92.6%), 3.7% did Not Meet Expectations. These scores indicate that the program Meets Expectations for this outcome.

Coursework

The work from 17 students submitted for the core courses MLS 624, MLS 632, and MLS 634 was evaluated using a scoring rubric for this outcome. The results are: 23.5% Exceeded Expectations, 70.6% Met Expectations (Meets+ = 94.1%), 5.9% did Not Meet Expectations. These scores indicate that the program Meets Expectations for this outcome.

Exit Survey

The students responding to the survey (N=7, 20%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.43. They also indicated that the School of Liberal Arts MALS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.71. This indicates that the MALS program has Exceeded Expectations for this student learning outcome.

One Year Survey

The students responding to the survey (N=5, 17.2%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.60. They also indicated that the School of Liberal Arts MALS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.60. This indicates that the MALS program has Exceeded Expectations for this student learning outcome.

Results for program outcome 4

Demonstrate an understanding of cultural differences and knowledge of contributions from various cultures.

Research paper

The work from 27 students who submitted a thesis was evaluated using a scoring rubric for this outcome. The results are: 6.3% Exceeded Expectations, 84.4% Met Expectations (Meets+ = 90.6%), 9.4% did Not Meet Expectations. These scores indicate that the program Meets Expectations for this outcome.

Coursework

The work from 44 students submitted for the core course MLS 673 was evaluated using a scoring rubric for this outcome. The results are: 27.3% Exceeded Expectations, 27.3% Met Expectations (Meets+ = 54.4%), 45.4% did Not Meet Expectations. These scores indicate that the program Does Not Meet Expectations for this outcome.

Exit Survey:

The students responding to the survey (N=7, 20%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.57. They also indicated that the School of Liberal Arts MALS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.57. This indicates that the MALS program has Exceeded Expectations for this student learning outcome.

One Year Survey:

The students responding to the survey (N=5, 17.2%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.60. They also indicated that the School of Liberal Arts MALS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.80. This indicates that the MALS program has Exceeded Expectations for this student learning outcome.

Results for program outcome 5:

Demonstrate critical and analytical thought in the examination of a range of issues by designing and implementing a substantive research investigation.

Research paper

The work from 27 students who submitted a thesis was evaluated using a scoring rubric for this outcome. The results are: 15.2% Exceeded Expectations, 81.8% Met Expectations (Meets+ = 97.0%), 3% did Not Meet Expectations. These scores indicate that the program Meets Expectations for this outcome.

Coursework

The work from 25 students submitted for the core course MLS 500 was evaluated using a scoring rubric for this outcome. The results are: 10.2% Exceeded Expectations, 64.4% Met Expectations (Meets+= 74.6%), 25.4% did Not Meet Expectations. These scores indicate that the program Does Not Meet Expectations for this outcome.

Exit Survey:

The students responding to the survey (N=7, 20%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.14. They also indicated that the SLA MALS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.43. This indicates that the MALS program has Exceeded Expectations for this student learning outcome.

One Year Survey

The students responding to the survey (N=5, 17.2%) felt that they had achieved this outcome with a score of 5.60. They also indicated that the School of Liberal Arts MALS program had prepared them to achieve this outcome with a score of 5.80. This indicates that the MALS program has Exceeded Expectations for this student learning outcome.

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