Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Communication Studies Program will be able to:
- Think clearly, critically, and creatively in response to communication problems.
- Express their ideas in oral and written messages that are coherent, persuasive, and ethical.
- Demonstrate the communication skills necessary to engage in personal, professional, civic and social relationships.
- Adapt oral and written messages to diverse audiences.
- Analyze and evaluate verbal and nonverbal messages in differing social, political, and cultural contexts in order to assess their effectiveness and
- Demonstrate comprehension of significant issues in the history, theory, and criticism of human communication.
- Listen critically.
- Work productively in groups and teams.
Communication Studies Assessment Summary 2016-2017
Students were assessed on three outcomes: ability to think critically, clearly, and creatively in response to communication problems (SLO 1), ability to demonstrate communication skills necessary to engage in personal, professional, civic, and social relationships (SLO 3), and comprehension of significant issues in the history, theory, and criticism of human communication (SLO 6). The direct measures of the three outcomes, which involved assessing graduating seniors’ capstone projects and course performance in two core courses, revealed that the majority of students performed above or well above acceptable standards in terms of both written and oral presentations. Data gleaned indirectly from the senior exit survey indicated that all students felt well or very well prepared for SLO 1, most felt well or very well prepared for SLO 3, and most felt well or very well prepared for SLO 6. Overall, the data show that the students are reaching and believe they are prepared for desired levels of achievement with regard to SLOs 1, 3, and 6.