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Sociology and Political Science

Programs

B.S. in Sociology

B.S. in Political Science

B.S. in Sociology

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Program Goal 1: The Department of Sociology and Political Science will be staffed with a faculty committed to excellence in the areas of:teaching; research; and, service.

Program Goal 2:The Department of Sociology and Political Science will serve the needs of students seeking non-traditional instruction methods by participating in the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP).

Graduates will be able to:

Student Learning Outcome 1:Majors in sociology will demonstrate knowledge of their discipline at a level above or comparable to the national mean.

Student Learning Outcome 2:Majors in sociology will demonstrate critical thinking skills at a level above or comparable to the national mean.

Student Learning Outcome 3:Majors in sociology will be capable of effective oral and written communication.

Student Learning Outcome 4:Majors in sociology taking the criminal justice concentration will demonstrate competence in their concentration.

Student Learning Outcome 5: Sociology majors taking the social work concentration will be expected to be rated at a level above average by their supervisor when completing their required internship.

Assessments:

Faculty Annual Report and Evaluation Process (Conducted annually in the spring semester) – Program Goal 1:Each faculty member will submit an annual report to the chairperson of the department discussing their efforts for the previous calendar year in the areas of teaching, research, and service.The report will address the following indicators. Teaching:number of courses taught including on-campus courses; on-line courses; and independent studies; enrollment in each course; and, appropriate teaching evaluations. Research:publications; grants funded or continuing; presentations at international, national, regional, or state professional organizations; manuscripts submitted for publication; grant applications submitted; and, research in progress. Service:service activities for the department, college, university, and community. The annual report is the basis for the Faculty Annual Evaluation .

RODP Courses (Monitored each semester) – Program Goal 2:The chairperson of the department will monitor the number of RODP courses offered each term, the number of sections offered each term, and the enrollment.Results are included in the Department's Annual Report, and the Institutional Effectiveness Report.

ETS major field examination (Administered each fall and spring semester) - Student Learning Outcomes 1, & 2.Majors in sociology with senior classification will take the ETS major field examination in sociology.

IDEA Student Evaluation results (Administered each semester) – Student Learning Outcome 2.The chairperson of the department will monitor the percent of sociology instructors identifying Critical Thinking as a key course objective, and the percent of students who report citing progress on Critical Thinking in the related course.

National Survey of Student Engagement (Administered spring semesters 2006, 2009, 2011) – Student Learning Outcome 3:The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) will assess students' confidence in their abilities to write and speak clearly and effectively.

Multiple Choice Exam (Administered each fall and spring with the ETS Major field examination) – Student Learning Outcome 4:A multiple choice exam covering topics in criminal justice developed by faculty in the department.The exam is taken by majors in the criminal justice concentration and administered along with the ETS major field exam.

Supervisor Internship Evaluation Form (Completed by the student's supervisor at the internship location) – Student Learning Outcome 5:Supervisors of student internships complete a Supervisor Internship Evaluation Form for each student.

Rational for Outcomes and Assessments (Process of Data Analysis):

Each individual faculty member’s progress in their Faculty Annual Report will be discussed with the chair, and an overall summary of the department’s progress will be included in an annual report from the chair to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Committed to Excellence is measured by at least 80% of the faculty receiving a rating of “Outstanding” or, “High” (the two highest ratings on the five point scale used in the evaluations) on their annual faculty evaluation.

The chairperson of the department will monitor the number of RODP courses offered each term, the number of sections offered each term, and the enrollment.Results will be included in the department annual report.

Performance at a level above or comparable to the national mean on the ETS Major Field Examination in Sociology will be defined as TTU students having a mean score above or equal to the national mean, or a score no lower than one standard deviation below the national mean.

Performance at a level above or comparable to the national mean on Subscore 2 Critical Thinking on the ETS Major Field Examination in Sociology will be defined as TTU students having a mean score on Subscore 2 Critical Thinking above or equal to the national mean, or a score no lower than one standard deviation below the national mean.

Sociology majors will be required to write papers and give oral presentations in various sociology courses. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) will assess students’ confidence in their abilities to write and speak clearly and effectively. These results will be compared to other TTU students and to our Carnegie peer institutions.

Sociology majors with the criminal justice concentration will be expected to answer 75% or more of the questions correctly on a multiple choice exam covering topics in criminal justice.The exam was developed by faculty in the department, and will be administered during the ETS major field exam.

Overall performance on the Supervisor Internship Evaluation Form is rated on a scale of:Outstanding; Good; Average; Fair; or, Poor.Ninety percent of sociology majors with the social work concentration will be expected to be rated at a level above average by their supervisor when completing their required internship.

B. S. in Political Science

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Program Goal 1: Increase enrollment in the program by 10% over the next five years

Program Goal 2:The Department of Sociology and Political Science will be staffed with a faculty committed to excellence in the areas of:teaching; research; and, service.

Program Goal 3:To better prepare students for real world experience the program will increase the percentage of majors pursuing internships to at least 20% by 2018 .

Graduates will be able to:

Student Learning Outcome 1:Majors in Political Science will understand fundamental issues in American Government, as reflected by performance equal to or above the national average on the ETS Major Field Exam Subscore 1:United States Government and Politics.

Student Learning Outcome 2:Majors in Political Science will understand fundamental issues in International Relations, as reflected by performance equal to or above the national average on the ETS Major Field Exam Subscore 3:International Relations.

Student Learning Outcome 3:Majors in Political Science will learn to think critically, as reflected by responses equal to or above the national average on enrolled student survey items related to Critical Thinking and on the relevant sections of the ETS Major Field Exam Assessment Indicator:Analytical and Critical Thinking.

Assessments:

Monitor the number of majors each year - Program Goal 1:The chairperson of the department will monitor the number of majors each year.Results are included in the Department's Annual Report, and the Institutional Effectiveness Report.

Faculty Annual Report and Evaluation Process (Conducted annually in the spring semester) – Program Goal 2:Each faculty member will submit an annual report to the chairperson of the department discussing their efforts for the previous calendar year in the areas of teaching, research, and service.The report will address the following indicators. Teaching:number of courses taught including on-campus courses; on-line courses; and independent studies; enrollment in each course; and, appropriate teaching evaluations. Research:publications; grants funded or continuing; presentations at international, national, regional, or state professional organizations; manuscripts submitted for publication; grant applications submitted; and, research in progress. Service:service activities for the department, college, university, and community. The annual report is the basis for the Faculty Annual Evaluation .

Monitor number of internships taken by majors – Program Goal 3:The coordinator of the political science major will monitor the number of students taking internships each year and report the results to the department chairperson.

ETS major field examination (Administered each fall and spring semester) - Student Learning Outcomes 1, 2, & 3.Majors in political science with senior classification will take the ETS major field examination in political science.

IDEA Student Evaluation results – Student Learning Outcome 3.The chairperson of the department will monitor the percent of political science instructors identifying Critical Thinking as a key course objective, and the percent of students who report citing progress on Critical Thinking in the related course.

Rational for Outcomes and Assessments (Process of Data Analysis):

The chairperson of the department will Monitor the number of majors each year in political science.The results are included in the Department's Annual Report to the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and included in the Department's annual Institutional Effectiveness Report for the political science major.

Each individual faculty member’s progress in their Faculty Annual Report will be discussed with the chair, and an overall summary of the department’s progress will be included in an annual report from the chair to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Committed to Excellence is measured by at least 75% of the faculty receiving a rating of “Outstanding” or, “High” (the two highest ratings on the five point scale used in the evaluations) on their annual faculty evaluation.

To better prepare students for real world experience the coordinator of the political science major will Monitor the number of internships taken by majors.The results are reported to the department chairperson and included in the Department's annual Institutional Effectiveness Report for the political science major.

For the purposes of the assessment of understanding fundamental issues in American Government, performance equal to or above the national mean on the ETS Major Field Exam Subscore 1 United States Government and Politics is operationalized as TTU students having a mean score above or equal to the national mean, or a score no lower than one standard deviation below the national mean.

For the purposes of the assessment of understanding fundamental issues in International Relations, performance equal to or above the national mean on the ETS Major Field Exam Subscore 3 International Relations is operationalized as TTU students having a mean score above or equal to the national mean, or a score no lower than one standard deviation below the national mean.

For the purposes of the assessment of learning to think critically, performance equal to or above the national mean on the ETS Major Field Exam Assessment Indicator:Analytical and Critical Thinking is operationalized as TTU students having a mean score above or equal to the national mean, or a score no lower than one standard deviation below the national mean.As an additional indirect means of assessment the chairperson of the department will monitor percent of instructors selecting Critical Thinking as a Key Course Objective, and the percent of students citing Progress on Critical Thinking from the IDEA Student Evaluation Results.The goals are for at least 50% of the faculty to select Critical Thinking as a key objective, and at least 50% of the students citing progress on Critical Thinking.