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Rehabilitation

Overview: 

Rehabilitation counselors and others who wish to enhance their leadership, teaching and research skills often pursue the doctoral degree program. Applicants must meet all the academic requirements of the University of Arizona Graduate College and hold a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from a CORE-accredited program or have completed basic coursework in counseling theories, principles of rehabilitation, medical aspects of disability, psychosocial aspects of disability and a counseling practicum/internship. While guidelines regarding doctoral course requirements are provided, a doctoral sequence of study is uniquely developed to meet the goals and needs of an individual candidate.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

By completion of the Ph.D. program in Rehabilitation, a student will:

1.     demonstrate broad knowledge of field of rehabilitation counseling

2.     critically analyze rehabilitation research

3.     conduct original research that addresses needs or knowledge gaps within the field of rehabilitation counseling

4.     effectively communicate and defend research results to researchers and practitioners

Assessment Activities: 

The Ph.D. program in Rehabilitation requires a student to complete a first annual progress review, a written and oral comprehensive examination, a written dissertation and an oral defense of the written dissertation.   Rubrics to assess student performance in these areas were developed and were implemented for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Additionally, the program uses an on-line Exit Survey for recently graduated Ph.D. students.   Students are asked to complete this on-line survey and the Program  Director of the Ph.D. program presents the data to the program faculty, who discuss the outcomes and plan for needed changes in response to the data .

Assessment Activities

Outcome #1

Broad Knowledge

Outcome #2

Critical analysis

Outcome #3

Original research

Outcome #4

Communicate results

Preliminary Exam

x

 

 

 

Written and Oral Comprehensive Exam

x

x

 

 

Written Dissertation and Oral Defense

 

x

x

x

Exit Survey

x

x

x

x

The rubrics for scoring the student’s performance in the first annual progress review, written and oral comprehensive exam, and the dissertation/defense of the dissertation are attached (Appendices A, B & C, respectively). Specific items from each rubric used in assessing each of the learning outcomes are indicated below:

Performance Indicator Results

Outcome #1 ….demonstrate broad knowledge of field of rehabilitation counseling

  • Preliminary Exam Rubric (Appendix A), Item A.1
  • Comprehensive Exam Rubric (Appendix B), Item B.2
  • Exit Interview (Appendix C), Item D.1

Outcome #2 ….critically analyze rehabilitation research

  • Comprehensive Exam Rubric (Appendix B), Item B.3
  • Dissertation/Defense Rubric (Appendix C), Item C.2
  • Exit Interview (Appendix C), Item D.3

Outcome #3 ….conduct original research that addresses needs or knowledge gaps within the field of rehabilitation counseling

  • Dissertation/Defense Rubric (Appendix C), Item C.3, C.4, C.6, C.7
  • Exit Interview (Appendix C), Item D.4

Outcome #4 ….effectively communicate and defend research results to researchers and practitioners

  • Dissertation/Defense Rubric (Appendix C), Item C.1 & C.5
  • Exit Interview (Appendix C), Item D.2 & D.5

  Each committee member completes the appropriate rubric after the student’s exam/defense. The faculty chair of the committee submits the scored rubrics to the Doctoral Program Director.  Once each year, at a Fall retreat, or at a Fall Faculty meeting, the summarized data are reviewed by the faculty.  The table below (Assessment Findings) shows the format in which the summary data were presented.

 

 

 

Assessment Findings: 

Summarized Rubric Item Means

Rubric Item

Outcome #1

Broad Knowledge

Outcome #2

Critical Analysis

Outcome #3

Original Research

Outcome #4

Communicate Results

A.2

4.5

 

 

 

B.2

4.3

 

 

 

B.3

 

4.5

 

 

C.1

 

 

 

5.0

C.2

 

5.0

 

 

C.3

 

 

5.0

 

C.4

 

 

4.8

 

C.5

 

 

 

5.0

C.6

 

 

5.0

 

C.7

 

 

5.0

 

D.1

4.0

 

 

 

D.2

 

 

 

5.0

D.3

 

5.0

 

 

D.4

 

 

5.0

 

D.5

 

 

 

5.0

 

Change in Response to Findings: 

The faculty reviewed the Summarized Rubric Averages from the Assessment Activities at their first Fall faculty meeting.  We reviewed the data and concluded that there were no significant issues identified, as the lowest rating received by any doctoral student in any area assessed was 4 out of 5 points.  Similarly, the sole doctoral student who graduated during this time period rated the program highly in every area on his exit survey.   Consequently, it would appear that the learning objectives have been met by the students in the program who have reached these milestone assessment points.  Although standard deviations were not calculated due to the low numbers of students being assessed, there does not appear to be much variability in the ratings, perhaps due to careful screening at the time of admission.   We did not receive any comments on the exit survey, and decided to change the wording on the survey slightly in order to increase the chances of obtaining qualitative data to supplement the quantitative data.  We will be making some changes in the program during the coming year, and will review and revise the assessment rubrics, as needed to reflect those changes. We will implement any changes that are recommended during the Spring or Summer semesters, and re-evaluate the following year.

Updated date: Thu, 09/08/2016 - 16:40