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Higher Education: Graduate Programs

Rubric - PhD Ability to Synthesize and Apply Academic Knowledge

Administered: Annually

Target Population: Dooctoral students

PhD Ability to Synthesize and Apply Academic Knowledge

Rating scale
(1=unacceptable; 2=needs improvement, 3=satisfactory, 4=good, 5=excellent)

synthesize ac know/ apply ac know to res/ translate ac know to prof practice


Summary Sheet

Average score for synthesizing academic knowledge ____
Average score for applying academic knowledge to implications for research ____
Average score for translating academic knowledge into professional practice ____

Any areas in which students appear to be deficient:

Any plans for changing the courses or the curriculum:

Outcomes Measured

  • PhD ability to synthesize and apply academic knowledge: Each year the faculty will meet to discuss the results of a random sample of 15% of the oral comprehensive exams conducted that year, focusing on students’ performance in terms of their ability to synthesize content areas of higher education research and to translate those into implications for research and for professional practice. Utilizing a rubric that addresses skills to synthesize and apply conceptual and content understandings, faculty members will rate the performance of students who took the exams on a five point Likert scale, and discuss the extent to which doctoral students are developing and demonstrating key skills of synthesis and application. A summary of the tallies for each of the outcomes, as well as any plans for changing the curriculum as a result of the discussion will be provided on a summary sheet.
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