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The Bachelors of Arts Degree in Government and Public Service is a degree that will prepare students for a variety of careers in federal, state, and local governments, business, law enforcement, international organizations, nonprofit organizations, journalism and other professions. Classes cover a variety of subjects which develop useful skills like teaching students to speak, write, and argue effectively. Additionally, the Government and Public Service program at UA South teaches students how to research efficiently and effectively, analyze data accurately, think critically about implications, and draw conclusions that will lead to new knowledge as well as practical solutions for the modern world. Classes are available for this degree in a variety of locations for a traditional classroom setting as well as online classes for increased flexibility.


Expected Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of degree requirements in Government and Public Service, the student will

PSLO1.           Identify different approaches to the study of politics and apply these to contemporary political problems;

PSLO2.           Demonstrate the ability to formulate and construct logical arguments about political phenomena and to evaluate these through empirical and theoretical methods;

PSLO3.           Display academic proficiency in the subfields of American Government and Institutions, Intelligence and Security, and Law and Justice;

PSLO4.           Describe the rights, responsibilities, and privileges of a citizen participating in and contributing to a diverse society:

PSLO5.           Demonstrate critical thinking strategies, including reasoning, problem solving, analysis, and evaluation, through written assignments and projects about fundamental concepts of international and domestic politics and public policy;

PLO6.           Apply advanced knowledge of the major theories and concepts of political science and relevant subfields through an internship, capstone, practicum, or supervised research experience.

Assessment Activities: 

Assessment Plan to Collect Data on Levels of Student Achievement of PSLOs, and Identify Patterns of Strength and Weaknesses

1.  GPSV 301—American Political Ideas is the gateway course for the BA in Government and Public Service (GPSV).  Students will take a pre-test (multiple choice and short answer) at the start of this course on the content addressed in Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.  Students will also be asked to self-assess their level of knowledge of the study of politics/political science and what they expect to know and be able to do at the end of the GPSV program.  This pre-test will measure both direct and indirect evidence of student prior knowledge.  A post-test assessing the same content will be administered to students in their culminating/capstone course. The pre-test will establish a baseline from which to judge how well the GPSV program meets the objectives articulated in the PSLOs.

2.  There are three subfields in the GPSV program and students must take the gateway course and at least one additional course in each subfield.  All courses that meet the subfield requirements in the GPSV program include a major writing assignment that is assessed according to the standard program analytic rubric (attached) through D2L.  Assessment data will be collected through the application of this rubric for the gateway course and all of the core elective courses within a single subfield on a rotating yearly basis and will be analyzed to determine if students achieved PSLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

3.  GPSV 498—Senior Capstone: during this course students propose, develop, and complete comprehensive and cumulative research projects/papers.  These final papers will provide data that will be used to assess whether students have acquired the central knowledge and skills that comprise the six PSLOs expected of the GPSV program.  Student mastery of these outcomes will be assessed through an evaluation of the final research project/paper according to the capstone analytic rubric (attached) through D2L.  Assessment data collected through the application of this rubric to Senior Capstone Research Papers will be analyzed on an ongoing basis.

4.  As noted above, students in GPSV 498 will take a program post-test that reassesses their content knowledge and asks them to rate the knowledge, skills, and abilities contained in the PSLOs that they have acquired as a result of completing the GPSV Program.  Students will also be asked whether learning outcomes for the program were clear; whether course content and materials, activities, assignments, and tests in their classes contributed to meeting the PLOS of the GPSV program. Finally, students will be asked what are the three most important things they learned in the GPSV program.  This information will be compiled and analyzed against the Pre-survey data.

Assessment Findings: 

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Public Service (GPSV) has been redesigned and restructured.  The newly designed BA will go into effect Fall, 2017.  Assessment data will begin to be collected according to the program outlined above at that time.  Findings will be published as the data are collected and analyzed on an ongoing basis.

Change in Response to Findings: 

Attached are the rubrics used to collect data from a major wrting assignment in the GPSV gateway courses in the relevant subfields and from the senior capstone final research project.







Updated date: Mon, 07/02/2018 - 17:13