Bachelor of Science in Sociology























 

Assessment Report, 2013-2014

CLASS, Sociology

Assessment Identifiers


College / School
College of Liberal arts and sciences

Department
Social and Behavioral Sciences

Program / Major / Certificate
Sociology

Assessment Coordinator(s)
Larry Stokes

Has there been a change to the Assessment Coordinator(s) since the last assessment plan?
No

Person(s) responsible for writing and/or submitting this report:
Larry Stokes

 

Program Mission Statement

 

The baccalaureate degree in Sociology provides students with the necessary foundation for graduate school in the Social Sciences, and/or for entry level professional careers in Research, the Criminal Justice system, Social Work, Advertising, Banking, Business, Education, Government, Journalism, and Public Relations as well as other types of employment within governmental agencies, private foundations, and a wide range of businesses. The Sociology program seeks to develop students' ability to think critically about a wide range of social issues and social patterns within our society, and throughout the world for the purpose of bringing about positive change.

Has this mission statement been revised since the last plan?
No

PSLOs

 

1. The students will be able to understand sociological theories and core concepts:

- Understand the role of theory

- Understand the basic concepts of sociology

2. The students will be able to understand the sociological perspective:

- Understanding sociology as a distinct discipline and the role the sociological imagination plays in contributing to understanding social reality

3. The students will be able to understand sociology as a science and ethical issues in research:

- Understand the role of evidence and research methods in sociology

- Understanding ethical issues in research

4. The students will be able to understand and value diversity:

- Understanding diversity in American society

 

LINK TO: Assessment Report, 2013-2014 – Supporting Documents

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment Results (PSLOs)

 

SSU Strategic Plan Goal

PSLO

Semester

Professor

Courses

Assessment Artifacts and Instruments

Target Levels

Results and Analysis of Results

Actions in Response to Results

Academic Engagement and Achievement

1. Students will be able to understand sociological theories and core concepts.  

Fall 2013

Diogo Pinheiro

SOCI 3401 Social Research Methods

Tests - Answer Key

70% of students will score level 2 (minimal proficiency) or above.

Percentage will be calculated as the sum of students to score level 2- minimal proficiency, 3- Average proficiency and 4- high Proficiency.

TARGET 1 MET

20 (83%) had average proficiency, 4 (16%) had high proficiency.

OVERALL: TARGET PARTIALLY MET
Description of the expected use of results that will be addressed in the 2014-2015 academic year: The program will increase the number of book assignments to improve student knowledge on the various subjects leading to greater understanding of theory, basic concepts in sociology, and diversity in American society.

Stephanie Alexander

SOCI 3036 Social Stratification

Student papers, assignments, descriptions (book and written assignments, and a presentation) - detailed grade book.

TARGET 2 NOT MET

Students did not meet the 70% target rate.  Only 10 of students met the minimum (14%), average (23%) or high (9%) proficiency scores. 52% had limited proficiency.

Spring 2014

Diogo Pinheiro

SOCI 3401 Social Research Methods

Tests - Answer Key

TARGET 3 MET

3 (23%) limited proficiency, 4 (30% average proficiency), 6 (46%) high proficiency

Diogo Pinheiro

SOCI 4312 Contemporary Sociological Theory

Tests - Answer Key

TARGET 4 MET

4 (18%) had limited proficiency, 6 (27%) had average proficiency, 12 (54%) had high proficiency

Academic Engagement and Achievement

2. Students will be able to understand and apply the sociological perspective or the sociological imagination.

Fall 2013

Stokes

SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology

Tests - Answer Key

70% of students will score level 2 (minimal proficiency) or above.

Percentage will be calculated as the sum of students to score level 2- minimal proficiency, 3- Average proficiency and 4- high Proficiency.

TARGET 1 MET

1 (2%) student fell below expectations. 21 (51%) met expectations and 19 (46%) exceeded expectations

OVERALL: TARGET MET
Description of the expected use of results that will be addressed in the 2014-2015 academic year: The program will continue showing students the British video of what is sociology and how social factors (institutions) influence their lives, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK5J0-cM-HE and follow up with similar questions that related to America. Students will continue to be given professional periodicals and templates of professors´┐Ż research as a method and a guide in their conducting senior research project. Students are also recommended to read: Giarrusso, R. 2008. A Guide to Writing Sociology Papers. 6th edition. Worth Publishers.

Stokes

SOCI 4901 Senior Seminar

Paper Project Score

TARGET 2 MET 72% exceeded and 27% meet expectation. All successfully defended their project.

Spring 2014

Diogo Pinheiro

SOCI 3401 Social Research Methods

Tests - Answer Key

TARGET 3 MET

3 (23%) limited proficiency, 4 (30% average proficiency), 6 (46%) high proficiency

Diogo Pinheiro

SOCI 4312 Contemporary Sociological Theory

Tests - Answer Key

TARGET 3 MET

4 (18%) had limited proficiency, 6 (27%) had average proficiency, 12 (54%) had high proficiency

Academic Engagement and Achievement

3. Students will be able to understand sociology as a science and ethical issues in research

Fall 2013

Diogo Pinheiro

SOCI 3401 Social Research Methods

Tests - Answer Key

70% of students will score level 2 (minimal proficiency) or above.

Percentage will be calculated as the sum of students to score level 2- minimal proficiency, 3- Average proficiency and 4- high Proficiency.

TARGET 1 MET

 20 (83%) had average proficiency, 4 (16%) had high proficiency.

 

 

 

 

OVERALL: TARGET MET
Description of the expected use of results that will be addressed in the 2014-2015 academic year:
The program will continue the practices that allowed this target to be met.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diogo Pinheiro

SOCI 2101 Social Statistics

Tests - Answer Key

TARGET 2 MET

8 (26%) had minimal proficiency, 19 (63%) had average proficiency, 3 (10%) had high proficiency

Larry Stokes

SOCI 4901 Senior Seminar

Final Paper Score

TARGET 3 MET 72% exceeded, and 27% meet expectation, 72% exceeded expectation, 54 met expectation. All successfully defended their project.

Larry Stokes

SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology

Tests - Answer Key

TARGET 4 MET

1 (2%) student fell below expectations. 21 (51%) met expectations and 19 (46%) exceeded expectations

Kenneth Jordan

SOCI 2101 Social Statistics

Tests - Answer Key

TARGET 5 MET

7 students (21%) achieved limited proficiency, 3 (9%) achieved minimal proficiency, 11 (34%) have average proficiency, and 11 (34%) had high proficiency

Spring 2014

Diogo Pinheiro

SOCI 3401 Social Research Methods

Tests - Answer Key

TARGET 6 MET

3 (23%) limited proficiency, 4 (30% average proficiency), 6 (46%) high proficiency

Academic Engagement and Achievement

4. Students will be able to understand issues regarding diversity in American society.

Fall 2013

Diogo Pinheiro

SOCI 3401 Social Research Methods

Tests - Answer Key

70% of students will score level 2 (minimal proficiency) or above.

Percentage will be calculated as the sum of students to score level 2- minimal proficiency, 3- Average proficiency and 4- high Proficiency.

TARGET 1 MET

20 (83%) had average proficiency, 4 (16%) had high proficiency

OVERALL: TARGET PARTIALLY MET
Description of the expected use of results that will be addressed in the 2014-2015 academic year:
Making book assignment questions available on the 1st day of class may improve scores within the program. 

Larry Stokes

SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology

Tests - Answer Key

TARGET 2 MET

16 (39%) of students exceeded expectations, 19 (46%) met expectations and 6 (14%) fell below expectations

Stephanie Alexander

SOCI 3201 Classical Theory

Student paper, assignments (a quiz, and 6 book assignments) - detailed grade book

TARGET 3 NOT MET

Only 50% of students met the minimum (15%), average (25%) or high (10%) proficiency scores. 50% had limited proficiency.

Spring 2014

Diogo Pinheiro

SOCI 3401 Social Research Methods

Tests - Answer Key

TARGET 4 MET

3 (23%) limited proficiency, 4 (30% average proficiency), 6 (46%) high proficiency

Diogo Pinheiro

SOCI 4312 Contemporary Sociological Theory

Tests - Answer Key

TARGET 5 MET 4 (18%) had limited proficiency, 6 (27%) had average proficiency, 12 (54%) had high proficiency


 

 

Assessment Results (POs)

 

SSU Strategic Plan Goal

PO Goal

Enabling Strategies

Measures

Targets

Results and Analysis of Results

Actions in Response to Results

Academic Engagement and Achievement

Enhance program curriculum

a. Faculty will meet to discuss programmatic changes and develop new courses

b. Faculty members will revise required major courses to create a more flexible curricula for students to graduate in a timely manner without any special arrangements

Curriculum proposals

i.    To drop one major required course to provide greater flexibility in meeting graduation requirements.

ii.  To add a minimum of two new major elective courses (at least one 3000 level special topics course)

 

TARGET NOT MET

No action taken

OVERALL: TARGET PARTIALLY MET

Description of the expected use of results that will be addressed in the 2014-2015 academic year: We will have to begin this activity next year.

Academic Engagement and Achievement

Increase the use of technology to enhance instructional delivery

Encourage faculty to become trained in the application of D2L teaching techniques for both hybrid and fully online course

Number of fully online courses taught

 

2 courses taught fully at a distance.

TARGET MET

Spring 2013, 2 SOCI 1101 introductory sociology courses were taught fully at a distance and one upper level course (SOCI 3631) was taught as a hybrid.

OVERALL: TARGET MET

Description of the expected use of results that will be addressed in the 2014-2015 academic year: Faculty determined that continued and possibly expansion of hybrid and fully at a distance are essential for delivery of courses and program growth for future goals.

Academic Engagement and Achievement

Increase or maintain the enrollment in Sociology

Encourage faculty to recruit students in large section introductory courses

Track the number of majors in Blackboard Analytics

118 students enrolled (baseline, AY 2012-2013)

TARGET NOT MET

115 students enrolled AY 2013-2014

Target shortfall 3 students.

OVERALL: TARGET PARTIALLY NOT MET

Description of the expected use of results that will be addressed in the 2014-2015 academic year: Faculty determined that we should continue to recruit from our lower level sociology courses. Most of these have yet to declare a major. Faculty discussed the possibility of including recruitment strategies by including statements in the syllabus that encourage to consider sociology as a major.