M.A. in History

Assessment Plan

PLO’s

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

PLO 1

HIST 6050

HIST 6050

HIST 6050

HIST 6050

HIST 6050

PLO 2

HIST 6050, 6901

HIST 6050, 6901

HIST 6050, 6901

HIST 6050, 6901

HIST 6050, 6901

PLO 3

HIST 6050, 6901, 6910

HIST 6050, 6901, 6910

HIST 6050, 6901, 6910

HIST 6050, 6901, 6910

HIST 6050, 6901, 6910

PLO 4

HIST 6050, 6899, 6905,

HIST 6050, 6899, 6905,

HIST 6050, 6899, 6905,

HIST 6050, 6899, 6905,

HIST 6050, 6899, 6905,

PLO 5

HIST 6050, 6899, 6901, 6905, 6910

HIST 6050, 6899, 6901, 6905, 6910

HIST 6050, 6899, 6901, 6905, 6910

HIST 6050, 6899, 6901, 6905, 6910

HIST 6050, 6899, 6901, 6905, 6910

PLO 6

HIST 6050, 6899, 6901, 6905, 6910

HIST 6050, 6899, 6901, 6905, 6910

HIST 6050, 6899, 6901, 6905, 6910

HIST 6050, 6899, 6901, 6905, 6910

HIST 6050, 6899, 6901, 6905, 6910

5-Year Program Review

Closing the Loop

Last year, faculty in our 3 content-based seminars offered that year (HIST 6100 on Medieval History, HIST 6400 (A) on the Civil War, and HIST 6400 (B) on History and Sustainability) reviewed students’ overall work, major projects, and oral presentations in each of these classes to determine students’ competence in use of historical content, ability to incorporate evidence and historiography into written work, and the same evidence and historiography in oral work. The 3 categories of analysis were as follows: “Mastered,” “Proficient,” and “Inadequate.”

In HIST 6100, nearly all students had mastered content; 2/3rds had mastered writing; and a little under 2/3rds had mastered oral presentations. Only 1 student was ranked as inadequate in the first two categories of analysis, and 2 in the third category (oral). In HIST 6400 (A) the focus was on the Civil War era, a field of study mastered by 7, with 2 students deemed proficient, and only one deemed inadequate; 50% mastered the integration of evidence and historiography, while 50% were proficient, and in terms of oral presentation, 6 mastered the skill, 3 were proficient and 1 inadequate. In HIST 6400 (B) the focus was on a theme (sustainability) in history, a new approach that about 2/3rds of the class mastered; whereas nearly all mastered the more familiar combining of evidence and historiography; and most did well in class presentations. None produced inadequate work.

This year, the department introduced a new course HIST 6050 (a final portfolio course) for purposes of assessment and will continue annual assessment through capstone courses in the options (HIST 6899, 6901, 6905, 6910). HIST 6050 will be offered every Spring.  In the course, students will compile and present orally a portfolio of their work in the MA program. They will also revise work they did in HIST 6010 (Research Seminar) for publication in an on-line graduate student journal.  The instructor for this course will advise the Graduate and Assessment Coordinator on a report assessing each student’s work in light of the department’s 6 PLOs using the categories of analysis “Mastered,” “Proficient,” and “Inadequate.” Additionally, the advisors on capstone projects will advise the Graduate and Assessment Coordinator on a report on students’ work using the same categories of analysis (Mastered, Proficient, and Inadequate) for the PLOs relevant to each course (see above).

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