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Socl Assessment Results for 2009-2010

Steve Derné, Professor of Sociology; and Lisa Meyer, Associate Professor of Sociology, Department
Assessment Coordinators.

Intended Learning Outcome

“Students will develop an understanding of how sociological analysis could inform policy.”

To graduate, majors must complete a senior experience.

Students in the senior seminar, a student doing a senior thesis, and a student doing a senior internship
were asked in a senior seminar class to “identify some relevant sociological finding” and to “use this
sociological finding to evaluate a social policy option.” They wrote their answers in class. This followed
a discussion of relevant findings and policies discussed in the class.

These responses were assessed giving one point for identifying a relevant sociological finding, one point
for identifying a social policy, and one point for tying the two together.

One student received two points because the student tied the sociological finding to another sociological
finding (rather than to a policy.)

The other students received perfect scores.

Criteria for Success

We hoped the great majority of students would develop an understanding of how sociological analysis
could inform policy

Assessment results

14 of 15 students assessed were able to complete the task well.

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