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Course-embedded evaluations of students' work

Last Modified Date: 
07/08/2015
The beginning reporting class and the final capstone reporting class have an embedded assignment designed to measure achievement on five of the learning outcomes described above -- writing, law, numeracy, ethics and critical thinking. This pre-and post-writing assessment shows how students have progressed through their time in the journalism major.  It is a direct measure of students' achievement. 
 
 
Writing Test AY 2014-15 JOUR105 JOUR490 Difference
Writing 2.12 3.9 +1.78
Critical Thinking 2.18 3.8 +1.62
Ethics 2.08 3.2 +1.12
Numeracy 2 3.3 +1.3
Accuracy 2.1 3.8 +1.7
 
Writing Test - AY 2013-2014    
  JOUR 205 JOUR 490 Difference
Writing 2.2 3.52 1.32
Numeracy 1.95 2.18 0.23
Critical Thinking 2.24 3.42 1.18
Ethics 2.31 3.12 0.81
Accuracy 2.36 3.19 0.83
Average 2.21 3.09 0.87
Critiqued on a scale of 1-5, with 1 indicating "auto fail" and 5 indicating "mastery"      
Writing Test - AY 2012-2013    
  JOUR 205 JOUR 490 Difference
Writing 1.65 2.08 0.43
Numeracy 1.13 1.08 -0.05
Critical Thinking 1.26 2.03 0.77
Ethics 1.10 1.94 0.84
Accuracy 1.72 1.25 -0.47
Research 0.92 1.61 0.69
Average 1.30 1.67 0.37
Critiqued on a scale of 1-5, with 1 indicating "auto fail" and 5 indicating "mastery"      

The faculty uses this information at its annual retreat each year to refine and improve curriculum in various classes.  Numeracy exercises have been added to later classes, not just the early ones.  Fact-checking on deadline is stressed in a variety of classes, and writing skills continue to be refined with targeted exercises.