- We implemented pre/post test assessments in two of the courses included in this cycle. This approach will be expanded in future assessments as a second means of assessment.
- This cycle is the first since all of the human diversity sections added tutoring through hand-selected teaching assistants. We also incorporated more discussion of current social and economic issues into the course formats (including Anth 100, Anth 105, Anth 215, and Anth 243), added wiki work (Anth 100, Anth 229, and ANTH 235), and replaced textbooks with original sources in several courses( including Anth 207, Anth 215, and Anth 243). We are encouraged by our overall results and will continue to expand the incorporation of these changes into our courses between now and the next assessment cycle for this learning outcome.
- There was a noticeable across the board improvement in student success in these courses since the 2007-2008 cycle, but we feel that the rubric we are using needs to be improved. We are creating a working group to look at all of our rubrics.
- Results in oral competency were generally encouraging. Of the assessment categories, expression is consistently the lowest scoring category. These data suggest that our students are relatively competent at organizing and creating presentations, but that they need continuing practice expressing their results to a group. Consequently, the Department of Anthropology has decided to maintain its commitment to providing students with opportunities to orally present their research results in our courses. This will continue to occur at each level of the program. One of the problems we see with the current standards is that the bar they set is fairly low for exceeding the standards. While this does not deter students from becoming orally proficient, it does limit our ability to assess the level of competency they are achieving. We will make minor adjustments in the rubric to raise the bar across all areas of oral competency. In light of her findings in Anth 204, Barb Welker noted that she will continue to require all of her 200- and 300-level students to conduct a formal presentation of their literature reviews. This year she included a library literacy component with conducting the literature review. For the second means of assessment in the next cycle we will have the students use the same rubric as the professors to evaluate the oral presentations.
As a result of the 2011-2012 Assessment of Writing Competency, Anthropology has implemented minor changes to our program. These changes are:
- Assessment of human diversity will remain unchanged, but next cycle this assessment needs to get back on track.
- While students appear to be doing very well in this learning outcome, the oral competency rubric will be changed again to reflect more subtle issues in student presentations and in ways that raise the bar even further. The student feedback from form will also be simplified to see if the tendency for students to not be critical of one another remains consistent regardless of the instrument.