Mills-Assessment

Learning Goals and Assessment

Mission Goals
Goal Desc Criteria
Students will learn to think critically. (Practice) Most senior projects require the assessment of empirical evidence and the logical assembly of pieces of theory from different sources. Student projects will be evaluated on the degree to which they do this successfully.
Program Goals
Goal Desc Criteria
Sociology Understand what it means to be a human being in different kinds of societies and cultures. (Practice, Master) Each WILL be assessed on the basis of whether their work suggests an understanding of the human condition beyond their own experience.
Understand and use the basic qualitative and quantitative research methods sociologists and anthropologists depend on. (Practice, Master) Most senior project require actual execution of research using one or more techniques in the social science methodological tool kit. Students will be evaluated based on the degree to which their project execution demonstrates competence in the techniques they employ.
General Education Goals
Goal Desc Criteria
Written Communication Write clearly organized essays with the following characteristics: effective paragraphing, thesis development, transitions, use and interpretation of evidence, evidence of larger structure and organization (Practice) Final project to be evaluated on the basis of the aforementioned criteria.
Write essays that incorporate examples from other writers, demonstrate critical thinking and interpretation about the ideas of other writers, and use correct documentation for these examples (Practice) Final project to be evaluated on the basis of the aforementioned criteria.
Use draft and revision processes, demonstrate understanding of different stages of the writing process, and engage in editing and revision of peer essays (Practice) Over the course of the semester students produce multiple drafts in response to instructor and classmate criticism. Students to be evaluated on the degree to which they make use of this feedback to improve from draft to draft.
Produce essays and other forms of writing free from sentence level error and identify where to get further information about such errors (e.g., how to use a handbook) (Practice) Final project to be evaluated on the basis of the aforementioned criteria.
Be familiar with and able to use the tools and resources of an academic library in addition to Internet resources (Practice) This will be assessed indirectly only — has the student successfully located resources necessary for her project. No independent measurement of the attainment of this goal will be attempted.
Be competent in the use of the citation style appropriate to a discipline (Practice) Final project to be evaluated on the basis of the aforementioned criteria.
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