University of West Georgia

Degree Program Assessment Plan


Degree Program Identification

Degree Program: B.A., Philosophy

Degree Program Director: Robert Lane, Ph.D.

URL for Assessment Data (if applicable):† http://www.westga.edu/~phil/info-for-faculty.html

Specialized/discipline-specific accreditation (if applicable):†

Program Mission Statement

         It is the purpose of the Philosophy Program to expose students to the distinctive ways in which different philosophical traditions have examined the basic issues of life.  Our aim is to examine diverse philosophies and teach students a unique method of inquiry that has at its basis the belief that deep-seated convictions, prejudices, and beliefs are worth scrutiny.  It is our goal to help students focus on the meaning of an idea, its basis, coherence, and relation to other ideas; to understand the role of premises and inference in ordinary discourse and philosophical argumentation; to recognize and define different worldviews; and to understand the history of philosophy in particular.  In the process, and in line with the overall mission of the University of West Georgia, we strive to teach general problem solving skills and critical thinking skills, help them develop communicative, analytical and persuasive skills, and sharpen their writing and synthesizing skills.  All of this is done to enhance the lives of our students and to prepare our students for success in academic and workplace environments.

Program Outcomes

1.              Discuss the general historical development of the discipline of philosophy;

2.              Discuss three major historical figures of philosophy;

3.              Ask philosophical questions and differentiate their types;

4.              Incorporate a philosophical position in oral and written communications;

5.               Critically outline and analyze a philosophical question.

6.               Exhibit critical thinking skills.

 

Assessment Activities (add/delete activities as necessary)

 

 

1.      Assessment Activity: †Senior Portfolios.† The senior portfolio consists of the program advising sheet that has tracked the studentís progress through the major listing classes taken and grades earned.† It also includes the names of two recommenders, a writing sample, a resume, and an intellectual autobiography.†

 

o        Criteria for success:† 90% of students have a complete portfolio with successful work represented.

 

o        Time table (how often assess):† Senior portfolios will be assessed at the beginning of the spring semester each year.

 

o        Individual(s) responsible for assessment:† All tenured and tenure-eligible philosophy faculty.

 

o        Assessment findings:† The portfolios indicate that X% of students have achieved the learning outcomes for the program.†

 

o        Modifications/improvements based on use of findings:†

 

2.      Assessment Activity: †Assessment of Senior Seminar Anthologies

 

o        Criteria for success:† 90% of essays meet at least three of the program learning outcomes.

 

o        Time table (how often assess):† Annually at the beginning of spring semester.

 

o        Individual(s) responsible for assessment:† All tenured or tenure-eligible philosophy faculty.

 

o        Assessment findings:† The essays provide a range of quality, but do show success in meeting the outcomes.†

 

o       Modifications/improvements based on use of findings:

 

3.      Assessment Activity: †Senior Outcomes Assessment

 

o        Criteria for success:† 90% of students can appropriately answer the questions in an oral format.

 

o        Time table (how often assess):† Annually at the end of fall semester.

 

o        Individual(s) responsible for assessment:† Professor teaching Senior Seminar.

 

o        Assessment findings:† This is a new instrument to be used for the first time this fall.†

 

o       Modifications/improvements based on use of findings:† N/A

 

 

 

Mapping of assessment activities to program outcomes (add/delete as necessary)

 

Program outcome 1 assessed by assessment activities: 1 - 3

Program outcome 2 assessed by assessment activities: 1 - 3

Program outcome 3 assessed by assessment activities: 1 - 3

Program outcome 4 assessed by assessment activities: 1 - 3

Program outcome 5 assessed by assessment activities: 1 - 3

Program outcome 6 assessed by assessment activities: 1 - 3

 

 





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