UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

ANNUAL REPORT

Fiscal Year 2008 (July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008)

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF

 Philosophy Program

Name of Department Chair

 Janet Donohoe

Name of Person Completing Report

Janet Donohoe

 

 

 

1*

Departmental Mission/Vision Statement (url only, required)

http://www.westga.edu/~phil/effectiveEvaluation.html#mission

2*

Departmental Statement of Goals, Process to Assess These Goals, and Assessment Results (url only, required)

http://www.westga.edu/~phil/effectiveEvaluation.html#mission

3*

Departmental Statement of Curriculum Learning Outcomes, Process to Assess These Outcomes, and Assessment Results for each Degree Program (url only, required)

http://www.westga.edu/~phil/effectiveEvaluation.html#mission

4*

Statement of Departmental Condition - please indicate the specific strengths and weaknesses of your department.

STRENGTHS:

Certain strengths remain: Growing major with excellent retention, progression, and graduation rate; high level of engagement in student research; outstanding faculty with median score of 5 on student satisfaction with instruction and curriculum; strong publication/presentation performance by faculty and students; extraordinary departmental collegiality, collaboration, and participation in faculty governance

 

Additional Strengths: Improved focus on advising of each major.  Success in placing students in law school and seminary as well as graduate programs in philosophy

 

WEAKNESSES:

Some of the weaknesses remain: Demands upon the faculty to teach courses in the Core; Low community service activities by students

 

Others have been identified: inadequate faculty to serve major and minors and meet demands for core-level seats. Students have expressed concern that there are not enough faculty to offer the diversity of courses in the major that students would like.

 

OPPORTUNITIES:

Certain opportunities remain: Potential for enhancing institutional retention, progression, and graduation rates through participation in student success programs; Increasing grant monies for research; Increasing participation in university initiatives such as first-year and second-year experience programs.

 

 

Other opportunities have been identified: Strengthening assessment of programs; community outreach in a variety of areas (community service, environment, public schools); enhanced cross-disciplinary collaborations; increasing focus on student acceptance into graduate programs.

 

THREATS:

Certain threats remain: lack of resources adequate to student demand and faculty productivity

 

 

Other threats have been identified: limitations to program growth due to continued limitation on the number of faculty.  This creates an inability to offer more and a wider variety of upper-division courses.

 

DEPARTMENTAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Place NA if not applicable or 0 if zero for the year.

5

Percent of Students passing licensing, certification, or other accreditation examinations related to their chosen field

 NA

6

Proportion of graduating students going on to graduate or professional schools

 40 percent

7

Number of Nationally recognized programs.

 0

8

Number of Endowed chairs and professorships

 0

9

Types of Licensure (please list)

 

10

How does the department prepare students for Licensure?

 

11

Other notable achievements

 

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS

Place NA if not applicable or 0 if zero for the year.

12

Total Published Research Papers

 0

13

Total Presentations

 10

14

Total Internships

 0

15

Total Co-ops

 0

16

Total Scholarships

 1

17

Total Fellowships

 0

18

Total Students engaged in Funded Research

 1

19

Total Students receiving National Awards and/or National Recognition

 0

20

Total Students inducted into Academic Honor Societies

 5

21

Total Student Programs (debate, cheerleaders, athletic teams) receiving National Recognition

 0

22

Other notable achievements by Students

 

FACULTY/STAFF PRODUCTIVITY                                                                                                             

Place NA if not applicable or 0 if zero for the year.

TEACHING

23

Total New Course Developments

 2

24

Total Faculty Teaching Honors Courses

 1

25

Total Faculty traveling Abroad for Teaching Purposes

 0

26

Percent of Faculty involved in Academic Advisement

 100

RESEARCH/PRODUCTIVITY

27

Total Books and Monographs

 1

28

Total Book Chapters

 1

29

Total Peer Review Articles

 2

30

Total Other Shorter Works

 6

31

Total Paper Presentations

 8

32

Total Other Presentation

 6

33

Total In-House Publications

 2

34

Total Juried Exhibits/Performances

 0

35

Total Other Exhibits/Performances

 0

36

Total Positions Held in Journal Editing/Review

 1

37

Total Faculty involved in Notable Continuing Education Efforts

 1

38

Total Faculty traveling Abroad for Research Purposes

 1

PUBLIC SERVICE

39

Total Participants in Honors Organizations

40

Total Offices held in Professional Organizations

 2

41

Total Advisors of Student Organizations

 2

42

Total Participants in Cooperative Consulting Efforts

 2

43

Total System-wide/UWG Committee Activities

 18

44

Total Participants in Public Service Activities

45

Other notable achievements by Faculty

 

GRANTS/AWARDS

46

Total Proposals Submitted

1

47

Total Proposals Funded

0

48

Total Amount Awarded

49

Total Grants Generated by Department

 0

50

Total Faculty receiving Grants

 0

51

Total Fellowships Awarded

0

IMPORTANT:  Please do not abbreviate.  Please spell out all organization/program names.

52

New Degree Programs or Deletions (name of program and semester added/deleted)

 

53

New Departments or Other New Units; Also any Restructuring of These

 

54

Accreditation or Similar Distinction or Renewal (name of accrediting body and date department/program received accreditation)

 

55

Additional Comments Concerning Your Department

 

56*

Give an example of how your department used the assessment of goals and outcomes to change/improve a process. (Required)

 In response to a need to improve graduation and retention rates, and in response to student exit surveys, we revised our advising policy making it mandatory for all philosophy majors to see their advisor before being allowed to pre-register each semester.  We have also instituted a survey that students will fill out as part of their advising session answering questions about the course offerings in the program and their ability to make progress and complete their degree in a timely manner.  The data from these surveys will be used to help us in scheduling courses and allocating resources.

UPON COMPLETION

Please email completed report to:

Institutional Research and Planning

 

 

Tara Pearson 

 

 

tpearson@westga.edu

 

 

678-839-6449