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Undergraduate Pre- and Post-Tests

Last Modified Date: 
07/08/2015
Pre- and Post-Testing

 

The School has developed a test measuring learning outcomes.  All students take it in the beginning of the pre-major course, JOUR 105.  Two to three years later, graduating seniors take the test as they complete their capstone class in reporting.

This test measures student achievement in nine of the school's 10 outcomes.  They include: Law, Ethics, Role of the Press, Independence, Critical Thinking, Diversity, Theory, Technology, Research and Numeracy.   

Here are the results from 2015:

Results of Pre- and Post-Test and Writing Tests for AY '14-'15
Outcome Pre-Test Post-Test Difference
Role of the Press 52% 76% + 24%
Independence 52% 76% + 24%
Law 39% 46% +7%
Ethics -- Test 72% 89% +17%
Ethics -- Writing 2.08 (of 5) 3.2 (of 5) +1.1
Critical Thinking 2.18 3.8 +1.62
Diversity  54% 56% +2%
International Journalism 47% 55% +8%
Media Theory 51% 57% +6%
Numeracy -- Test 63% 67% +4%
Numeracy -- Writing 2 3.3 +1.3
Accuracy 2.1 3.8 +1.7
Writing -- Test 47% 68% +21%
Writing -- Written article 2.12 3.9 +1.78
Technology comfort level 67% 78% +11%

Here are the results from 2014:

Journalism Assessment Test -- SPRING '14      
  105 (all) 490 (all) Difference
Press and democracy 60% 80% 20%
Journalism and the World 48% 51% 3%
Law of the Press 42% 63% 21%
Reporting and Ethics 69% 93% 24%
Journalistic Writing  70% 94% 24%
AP Style & Grammar 46% 59% 13%
Math for journalists  53% 59% 6%
Media theory 55% 61% 6%
Diversity 55% 64% 9%
Class average 55% 69% 14%

Here are the results from 2013:

Journalism Assessment Test - Spring 2013
  JOUR 105 JOUR 490 Difference
Role of the Press 54% 78% 24%
Law 39% 52% 13%
Ethics 72% 90% 18%
Diversity 55% 62% 7%
Journalism and the World 46% 48% 2%
Theory 45% 60% 15%
Numeracy 52% 63% 11%
Journalistic Writing  80% 92% 12%
AP Style & Grammar 45% 58% 13%
Average 53% 66% 13%

The data on entering students was collected in Fall 2011, Spring 2012 and Spring 2013 and covers nearly 300 students in the pre-major classes.  The data on graduating seniors was collected for the first time in Spring 2013 and covers 64 graduating students.