Outcomes

Outcome 1

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the contributions of significant Western thinkers to ongoing intellectual debate about moral, social, and political alternatives.

Outcome 2

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the major trends and movements that have shaped and responded to this debate: e.g., monotheism, humanism, etc.

Outcome 3

Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically about moral, social, and political arguments in the Western intellectual tradition, evaluating the logic of these arguments and relating them to the historical and cultural context.

Outcome 4

Students will consider moral, social, and political issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Fall 2019

Method

For Fall 2019, Outcomes 1 and 2 were assessed in all sections using either course essay assignments or embedded essay questions in the courses' final exams. 

Percentage of students assessed

Outcome 1 (Fall): (716)/(494) = 69% students

Outcome 2 (Fall): (716)/(395) = 55% students

Faculty Participation by Department or School

Department or SchoolNumber of Sections Taught / Percentage of College TotalNumber of Sections Assessed / Percentage of Dept. or School Total
Philosophy8 / 38%5 / 63%
History5 / 24%3 / 60%
English7 / 33%6 / 86%
Education1 / 5%1 / 100%
Political Science0 / 0%0 / 100%
Language & Literatures0 / 0%0 / 100%
Total21 / 100%15 / 71% (overall)

Results

Level

Outcome 1

Outcome 2

Exceeding

34.21%

25.32%

Meeting

41.3%

43.8%

Approaching

22.07%

27.09%

Not Meeting

2.43%

3.8%


Analysis & Reflection

The fall 2019 assessment results clearly demonstrate that the vast majority of Geneseo's Western Humanities students are engaged successfully in the learning process across all sections of 220, 221, and 222. 75% of students meet or exceed outcome 1, and 69% meet or exceed outcome 2.

Figures 1 and 2 show the fall 2019 results in comparison with our two other outcome data sets. Generally the data show consistent, now perhaps predictable, assessment result patterns. But there is also evidence of the continual improvement of student learning. The 2019 results for exceeding outcome 1 show marked, measurable improvement since 2012, and last fall's results for outcome 2 demonstrate long-term, if more measured, improvement in student learning over the last decade.

This assessment was completed using comparative, expository writing assignments as the artifacts.  Instructors were given leeway as to which course work was used in assessment.  Some used stand-alone assignments, while most chose a writing sample that was part of a larger examination.  

The fall assessment reporting rate was the highest in recent record.  The 2014, 2011-12, and 2008 assessments reported on roughly one-third of all enrolled 220 and 221 students; 71% of sections and 69% percent of enrolled Western Humanities students were assessed this semester.  

That noted, faculty reporting issues, documented in 2008 and 2012, continue.  The complicated, two-step rubric used for outcome one seems to present an obstacle for some faculty.  This issue, combined with the practice of reporting both outcome 1 and 2 simultaneously, leads to some faculty submitting incomplete assessment reports–slightly more than half of enrolled students were assessed for outcome two (a significant increase over past assessments, but still too low).  

No assessment was completed for HUMN 288/222.  Data for this course is a priority going forward.  


Figure 1. Comparative Outcome One Assessment Results, 2008-2019

Action Items

  • Western Humanities assessment should occur on a more frequent and predictable schedule, rotating individually through each of the four outcomes.  
  • While the assessment results are positive and follow a consistent pattern, the Area Committee and Faculty should complete a documented, deliberative exchange concerning the overall understanding of the assessment terms and alignment of their application.   
  • The Area Committee should redesign and simplify the rubric and assessment process for Outcome One.  
  • The Area Committee should redesign the rubric and assessment process for Outcome Two in order for it to completed separately from Outcome One. 
  • Department chairs and assessment coordinators should assist the Area Committee in encouraging full faculty participation in General Education assessment.      

Figure 2. Comparative Outcome Two Assessment Results, 2008-2019


Spring 2020

Method

Because of the unintended shift in delivery from seated to online coursework resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in this semester's assessment was voluntary.  Before Spring 2020, neither HUMN 220, 221, nor 222 were ever offered online.   

Outcome 4 was assessed in several sections using either course essay assignments or embedded essay questions in the courses' final exams. 

Percentage of students voluntarily assessed

Outcome 4 (Spring): (970)/(104) = 11% students

Faculty Participation by Department or School 

Department or SchoolNumber of Sections Taught / Percentage of College TotalNumber of Sections Assessed / Percentage of Dept. or School Total
Philosophy11 / 41%0 / 0%
History5 / 19%1 / 20%
English9 / 33%1 / 11%
Education0 / 0%0 / 100%
Political Science1 / 4%1 / 100%
Language & Literatures1/ 4%0 / 0%
Total27 / 100%3 / 11% (overall)

Results

Level

Outcome 4

Exceeding

36%

Meeting

46%

Approaching

13%

Not Meeting

5%

Reflection

The sample size is too small to be valid.  However, each set of assessment results presented a very similar profile, which suggests a commonality in either instruction, assessment, or both. 

  



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  1. Looks ok to me.  I would say a I just need a reminder and I'll provide the data when the semester is over. My final does help me get the data, so May is a typical time I would do this to help keep it valid.