Bachelor of Applied Science degrees at The University of Arizona are designed to build on the foundational technical coursework taken in AAS programs at the community college level and expand on that foundation at an upper division level, providing students with analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, as well as organization and leadership skills. Students are expected to meet the standards for graduates of The University of Arizona with regards to writing, math, and second language foundations, and a breadth of general education knowledge. The BAS core coursework serves to address these areas, as well as other essential skills such as ethics, critical thinking, and methods of analysis. BAS students begin their junior year with a gateway or entry course and end the program with a capstone experience, to ensure their assessment and successful progression through the program
1. Students will apply the general knowledge, theories, principles, and critical faculties from across disciplines to the human search for meaning in a complex and changing world.
2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how ethical issues affect individuals, communities and societies and be able to analyze the consequences of various professional ethical dilemmas.
3. Students will demonstrate investigative and analytical thinking skills by examining alternatives, exploring complex questions and solving challenging problems.
4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of mathematical reasoning, including the ability to prove simple results and/or make statistical inferences.
5. Students will demonstrate proficiency with University writing standards by writing a thesis-driven essay using substantiating evidence; finding, analyzing, and utilizing secondary sources and appropriate methods of citation; writing grammatically, coherently, and persuasively in all written assignments.
6. Students will recognize and articulate a clear understanding of foundational assumptions, current theoretical debates, methodological techniques, and deep area knowledge of the important substantive questions in their concentration.
Proposed Assessment Activities:
1. Students’ ability to apply knowledge, theories, principles, and critical faculties across disciplines will be assessed through successful completion with a “C” or better of General Education and Foundation requirements.
2. Students’ ability to identify ethical issues and to analyze the consequences of various professional ethical dilemmas will be assessed through successful completion with a “C” or better in BASV 319—Ethics in the Public and Private Sectors or CYBV 325—Cyber Ethics.
3. Proficiency in critical thinking skills will be assessed through successful completion of one of the BAS core courses in critical thinking with a “C” or better. In addition, the Senior capstone will assess students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills by the incorporation of the theories or concepts from courses within their concentration into a research project and/or paper that contributes meaningfully to the analysis and solution of a particular issue or problem relevant to the field.
4. Proficiency in mathematical reasoning skills will be assessed through successful completion with a “C” or better in BASV 314—Mathematics for Applied Sciences or BASV 376—Mathematics for Implied Technology.
5. Proficiency with University writing standards will be assessed through successful completion with a “C” or better in ENGV 308 -- Technical Writing and subject area upper division writing emphasis courses.
6. Understanding of the major theories, methodologies, and principles within the student’s concentration will be assessed in the graded Senior Capstone requirement through completion of a research project and/or paper incorporating specific skills and expertise acquired in earlier coursework and demonstrating a working knowledge of scholarly discourse relative to the concentration.
7. In addition, overall BAS core program assessment will be conducted through an evaluation of the educational experience with scores indicating program and institution contributions on the following UA Exit Survey/Arizona Board of Regents questions:
a) To what extent has your experience at this institution contributed to your knowledge, skills, and personal development in writing clearly and effectively?
b) To what extent has your experience at this institution contributed to your knowledge, skills, and personal development in thinking critically and analytically?
c) To what extent has your experience at this institution contributed to your knowledge, skills, and personal development in analyzing quantitative problems?
d) How would you evaluate your entire educational experience at this institution?