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.
- 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 2019-2020
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 most students performed above or well above acceptable standards. Data gleaned indirectly from the senior-exit survey indicated that more than 90% of responding students felt well or very well prepared for SLO 1 and 3, and more than 80% 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 regarding SLOs 1, 3, and 6.